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By WILLIAM A. BARNES, Specialist, 

Instructor in the Practical Application of Psychology and 

Hypnotism, and the Development of 

Person al Magnetism, 

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Copyright 1898, by 



The object of this work is to give the reader a 
general and correct idea of the practical application 
and value of psychology, hypnotism, personal magnet- 
ism, and clairvoyance, — as applied to education, 
morality, spirituaHty, medicine, surgery, business, and 
to the development and the exercise of personal 
magnetism as employed in society. 

The writer has witnessed a great variety of mental 
phenomena during his fifteen years of investigation 
and experience as an instructor. He has controlled 
thousands of persons. The demonstrations which 
appear in this work may prove useful and valuable to 
many bright and sympathetic persons who are 
anxious to benefit and uplift suffering humanity. 

It is the sincere desire of the author, that this book 
will throw some light upon this mysterious Science and 
Art, and that it will awaken an interest in the reader 
as to its highest and most practical uses. 




Chapter I., Section i. All are parts of a whole — Individuals 
are sometimes controlled entirely by a psychological impres- 
sion — The degree of susceptibility based upon tempera- 
ment — Electric sensation characteristic of ready subjects — 
Philosophy of psychology — One is controlled by the 
strongest impression — Illustration — A time when one 
knows nothing — Mind a blank at birth — The five senses 
the channels through which the mind can be reached — 
Sixth sense considered in Chapter IV. — Secret is to be able 
to enthuse one with one idea only through as many avenues 
as possible at the same instant — Lady's hands made fast 
by pressure in palm of hand — See cut No. i — Lady 
pupil controls her lady friend — Some born rulers, others 
to be ruled — Individuals can control each other alter- 
nately — All can be influenced — How to make it easy to 
control one — Business men exercise more or less psycho- 
logical influence, either knowingly or unconsciously — A 
thorough knowledge of the art increases their personal in- 
fluence wonderfully. 

Chafier I. (continued) y Sect. 2. Recapitulation of Section i 
of Chapter I. — Relation of the senses depends upon develop- 
ment — Medical student influenced — Fixed position of the 
eyes when made fast — Confidence essential to a psycholo- 
gist — A pupil controls a medical student — We have a 
natural body and spiritual body, one is controlled through 
the nerve force, the other through the thought force — The 
mind must be reached through one or more of the senses. 

Chapter II., Sect. 3. Inactivity the cause of many ailments — 
Not necessary to induce hypnosis to produce anaesthesia — 


Anaesthesia demonstrated — Would advise physicians to 
practise this science unknown to both patient and the gen- 
eral public — Intellectual people make the best subjects — 
Many good subjects found among the doctors and den- 
tists — A doctor accomplished more than he dreamed of 
in the employment of psychology — In learning any science 
one should begin at the bottom. 

Chapter II. {continued) y Sect. 4. Psychical amaurosis pro- 
duced — Dilation of pupils of the eyes — Many cases of 
blindness can be cured by the proper application of this 
science — Illustration of how troubles of all the five senses 
can be cured, the deaf can be made to hear, the blind to 
see, and the lame to walk — The five special senses tested 
— Liquor habit cured — Whiskey made to taste like castor 
oil — Not necessary to make one sick to cure any bad 
habit — Cigarette fiend <:ured by a pupil — A pupil's hear- 
ing restored. 

Chapter III., Sect. 5. Mothers employ psychological treat- 
ment to advance their children — A dull child in mathe- 
matics made bright with several treatments — A little 
girl advanced rapidly through her mother's influence — 
Self-control important — We should control circumstances 
and not allow circumstances to control us — Difference 
between strong and weak minded men — Through psychol- 
ogy more knowledge can be acquired in a given length of 
time — Benevolence, self-esteem, agreeableness, ideality, 
self-reliance and the affections can be cultivated and devel- 
oped — Every mother should have some knowledge of the 
law underlying the mind. 



Chapter IV., Sect. 6. The word h)rpnosis signifies sleep — 
Hypnotism forms a link in the great magnetic chain — 
Classification of various degrees, drowsiness, somnambulistic, 
lethargic, trance, etc. — Many could produce sleep by auto- 


suggestion if they knew how — Some have been buried 
alive while in a trance — Time not far distant when expert 
hypnotists will be employed to go to the family home (as 
physicians are) to give sleep to the sleepless — Children can 
be advanced fifty per cent along lines of education and 
morality — Institutions will be established in the future — 
The best method in giving suggestion to children — A 
good method for hard subjects — How to give a post- 
hypnotic suggestion — Philosophy of hypnotism — Few 
have perfect self-control — How to hypnotize self — A 
lady given a refreshing sleep by a pupil. 
Chapter V., Sect. 7. Patient cured of St. Vitus's Dance and 
other troubles in a few treatments — A remarkable cure — 
Took two hypnotists to hjrpnotize the patient — A pupil 
cures a rheumatic friend in six treatments — Retention of 
urine cured in one treatment — PupiFs success in treating 
friends — How a mother treats one of her children while 
asleep — Diseases curable through suggestion — Patient 
hypnotized by a hypnotized hypnotist and subject. 


Personal Magnetism. 
Chafter VI., Sect. 8. A word to the wise — Every living 
being has its own peculiar magnetism — Example — Personal 
magnetism the medium through which persons are attracted 
or repelled — One's success in any sphere depends as much 
or more upon personal influence than intelligence ; this is 
demonstrated in every day life — It pla3rs an important part 
in love, business, and society — It beautifies, strengthens 
and cheers those who give and those who receive — Exam- 
ples of many possessing magnetic power — To understand 
the true philosophy of mind is one of the highest and most 
noble objects that can possibly engage the attention of the 
human mind — " Who soweth good seed will surely reap." 



Chapter VII., Sect. 9. The somnambulist can climb dizzy 
heights, walk dangerous precipices — The medium through 
which the clairvoyant eyes see — The brain must be in a 
state of negative vital action — Philosophy of clairvoy- 
ance — The same condition which enables the somnam- 
bulist to go from place to place in the darkness of the 
night, enables others to paint pictures, write poems, make 
speeches, etc. — Can hidden treasures be located? — If so, 
by what power? — Mind can communicate with mind — 
Condition of brain to see can be induced at will by some — 
Cultivation of the will power necessary — In some tribes of 
Indians, squaws can divine the thoughts of the chief — 
Man should be in harmony with nature — Instances of 
mind reading — Influence at a distance, and caused to get 
up in the night and walk a mile to see the one exercising 
mental influence — Many have faculties undeveloped and 
never have that practical use of them which the Creator 
intended — They should be developed. 

Chapter VIII., Sect. 10. Independent and sympathetic clair- 
voyants — One gets information independently, the other 
sympathetically — The latter can very often^diagnose disease, 
locate pain, etc. — Illustrations — Business^man, dentist, and 
contractor possess the power — A remarkable case of inde- 
pendent clairvoyance — The mind, separated from the body, 
makes a lightning trip to strange buildings and foreign 
countries — The force underlying the various phenomena 
has existed from the beginning and has always been em- 
ployed by the wise men in every sphere of life. 

Chapter IX., Sect. 11. A word of appreciation from a few 
who have been instructed. 



Section i. 

Psychology is a term under which is classified cer- 
tain mental phenomena with which we are more 
familiar than the higher phases which come under 
Hypnotism, Personal Magnetism, and Clairvoyance. 
Psychological phenomena form a link in the great 
magnetic chain. 

" All are but parts of one stupendous whole, 
Whose body Nature is, and God the soul." 

Individuals are sometimes controlled entirely by the 
psychological law, or by what we term a psychological 
impression. The degree of susceptibility in individ- 
uals varies, — just as the degree of hardness in woods 
varies. Pine has a certain degree of hardness, ash 
has a greater, and an oak still greater. It is useless 
to attempt to explain *why this is so, the fact remains. 
The degree of susceptibility may be classified in a 
general way by temperament, yet there are excep- 
tions. The bilious temperament is the least suscept- 
ible, the sanguine temperament, more susceptible, 
and the nervous temperament, the most susceptible 
to psychological impressions. 
The bilious temperament is characterized by large. 


bony frame, dark hair and eyes, and olive complexion. 
Persons of this temperament require and accomplish 
a vast amount of physical labor, and are found among 
the mountains. In conversation they speak right to 
the point. Abraham Lincoln is a representative of 
the purely bilious temperament. 

The sanguine temperament is distinguished by a 
round, plump form, large vital organs, full blooded. 
Persons of this temperament are mirthful, and like 
less physical exertion than those who come under the 
bilious. Grover Cleveland is an example of the 
sanguine temperament. 

The nervous temperament is marked by a delicate 
organization, generally light eyes and hair, thin, fair 
skin. As a rule, persons of this temperament prefer 
and follow mental pursuits. Poe typifies this class. 

Persons who feel electric sensations in the brain 
when any large nerve is pressed, are easily influenced 
or psychologized. Those with projecting foreheads 
and large, watery eyes are readily influenced, and are 
good subjects upon whom to begin to demonstrate. 

As we now understand the different degrees of 
susceptibility in a general way, we will proceed to 
the philosophy of psychology. Every one is controlled 
by the strongest impression made upon the mind 
for the time being. For example : a man passing 
through the woods steps upon a stick; it turns 
under his feet; instantly he recoils, controlled by 
the strong impression, that he has trodden upon a 
snake. The stick produces the same psychological 
and physiological effect as a real snake. In other 


words, the stick made an impression upon the man's 
mind which controlled him for the time being. Sup- 
pose a friend is entertaining you, and a fire suddenly 
breaks out ; your friend was influencing or controlling 
you inasmuch as he held your attention. Now the 
fire makes a greater and far stronger impression upon 
you, and at once controls you. The strongest im- 
pression always controls. In other words a man 
will do as he thinks, or act along the line of his 
strongest convictions. 

The only way a psychological impression can be 
received upon the mind, is through the medium of 
one or more of the five physical senses. To illustrate : 
at a child's birth the mind is blank so far as external 
impressions are concerned. An object held before 
the eyes makes an impression upon the mind through 
the sense of sight. If we speak to the child, an im- 
pression is conveyed through the sense of hearing. 
By contact with a foreign body, an impression is made 
through the sense • of touch. An odor is realized 
through the sense of smell. A liquid or solid food 
makes an impression upon the mind through the 
sense of taste. In short, every psychological im- 
pression received upon the mind must be conveyed 
through one or more of the five special senses. This 
is true as far as we have gone. In Part IV., we will 
learn how some persons are controlled through the 
sixth sense, independently of the other five. Now, if 
we are controlled by the strongest impression, and the 
five special senses are the only avenues through which 
an impression can be made upon the mind, it stands 


to reason that an impression sufficient to control one 
must be made through one or more of these channels. 
My object is to give the reader an idea of the art of 
lodging an impression upon the mind of an individual 
sufficient to control him (or her) physically, as will 
be seen by the following demonstration. 

The secret is to be able to lodge one impression 
only, through as many of the five senses as possible 
at the same instant. 

For an illustration : Let five men represent the five 
senses. Each man is capable of lifting one hundred 
pounds. They wish to lift a weight of five hundred 
pounds. If only one, two, or three lift at a time, they 
will certainly not create an impression strong enough 
to raise the weight. If all five lift one hundred 
pounds each at the same instant, the weight will be 
lifted. Just so, if we wish to produce a strong im- 
pression upon the mind, we should bring the one 
impression to bear upon the mind through as many 
channels as possible at the same instant. The dem- 
onstrations which appear throughout this book were 
recently produced while instructing private pupils. 
They are examples of what is being done along this 
line daily. The names of pupils and the persons whom 
they secured to influence will be withheld from publi- 
cation. If any sincere investigator wishes their names 
and addresses, they will be given him (with the con- 
sent of pupils and parties influenced) on calling at the 
office, No. 505 Massachusetts Avenue, Boston, Mass. 

During a lesson given to Mrs. M., the following 
demonstration was wrought upon a lady friend who 


accompanied her. The friend, Miss A., was the pic- 
ture of health. She impressed me immediately, as a 
lady of rare refinement and intelligence. She was 
one of those persons whose presence would be felt in 
any society. 

In height, she was a little above the average, and 
well proportioned ; well balanced in temperament, — a 
combination of the three ; possibly the bilious pre- 
dominated. Self-possession and a fair amount of will 
power were very evident. 

Mr. Barnes. " Are you somewhat interested in the 
subject of psychology. Miss A.?" 

Miss A. " Well, yes. I have become more inter- 
ested recently, through Mrs. M. relating some of her 
experiences to me." 

Mr. B. "It does not seem possible that one per- 
son can control another, does it?" 

Miss A. " No, it does not ; seeing is believing." 

Mr. B. " Did you ever have any one try to influ- 
ence you?" 

Miss A. " No. Will it harm one in any way ? " 

Mr. B. " No, — not if one understands his busi- 
ness. A person under psychological influence is in 
his normal condition, he is wide-awake. He is in 
possession of all his faculties ; but for some reason he 
has a strong desire to carry out the expressed will of 
the operator. He is perfectly conscious of what he 
is doing. He can talk, laugh, and reason ; yet it 
gives him a feeling of pleasure to obey the operator." 

Mrs. M. " Oh, no. It will not harm you. It is 
such a delightful feehng.'* 


Mr. B. " If you have no objection, Miss A., I will 
show you something which will no doubt interest }ou. 
I will assure you that I will not harm you in any way. 
Now, if you will grasp the palm of your left hand with 
the thumb and fingers of the right, you will probably 
feel a sensation (resembling a light electric current) 
extending from the point of pressure up your arm to 
the brain." 

Miss A. (with an exclamation). "I feel it down 
the other arm, too ! " 

Mr. B. " Now, Miss A., I am going to ask you to 
make pressure with your thumb and fingers, and I 
wish you to continue the pressure and at the same 
time close your eyes tightly, but continue the pressure 
and I think you will find your eyes fast." 

Miss A. " O My ! I can't open my eyes ! " 
{See cut No, i on opposite page) , 

Mr. B. " Release the pressure and your eyes will 

Miss A. " O dear ! I thought I would never get 
them open again. How wonderful ! " 

Mrs. M. {with a look of surprise and wonder, yet 
convulsed with laughter) , "It will not harm you, — 
ha ! ha ! ha ! " 

Miss A. " Why, who would believe that my eyes 
could be made fast? It is wonderful. How do you 

Mr, B* "If you will close your eyes tightly again, 
1 will influence you from where I sit, so that you will 
not be able to get them open. I will not touch you. 
Close them tightly, please. 'Now you will find them 



fast again, and you will not be able to open them 
until I tell you to do so." 

Miss A. " I can't. I can't." 

Mr. B. " Would you like to open them ? Keep 
quiet for a moment, and I will release them. Do not 
be afraid, you will feel all the better for having 
experienced this psychological influence. Now, you 
can open them." 

Miss A. " How strange, and I experienced such 
a delightful sensation. I would give anything if I 
had such a power." 

Mrs. M. "You have the power but you have 
never been taught how to exercise it. I have re- 
cently been learning how to exercise my power, and I 
have already done what Mr. Barnes did with you, 
and much more. If you wish me I will influence you 
as he has done. Press the palm of your hands together 
and I will exercise an influence which will cause them 
to become fast. Can you get them apart now? " 

Miss A. "Why, no, I cannot. Remove the 
influence, please." 

Mrs. M. " Now you may separate them." 

Miss A. "I did not beHeve you possessed this 
power. I have always heard that only a few possessed 
such power, and that a limited number of persons 
who were weak minded could be influenced." 

Mr. B. " This is the idea the public in general has 
of the Science. It is not so. Every one of intelli- 
gence possesses more or less power. All can be 
influenced to a greater or less degree. Of course, 
some are naturally better operators than others. Some 


are more readily influenced. Some are born rulers, 
and others, born to be ruled. I have taught members 
of the faculties of medical and dental colleges in a 
body, and some of them have been able to control 
each other alternately. This alone disproves the 
idea, too, that only the strong can influence the weak. 
It is a question, which one is able to exercise the most 
art. It is not the brute force, nor so much mental 
force, but it is a thorough knowledge of the laws of 
the mind and the art employed. The theory of 
painting is one thing, the execution is another; so 
in controlling others, theory and execution must go 
hand in hand. I have been instructing new pupils, 
both ladies and gentlemen, every week in my life 
for many years, and I have yet to meet the first one 
who has not been able to produce any demonstration 
known to this Science. I will admit that some become 
more expert than others. This depends more upon 
intelligence and a little practice under my personal 
direction than any thing else. I have also influenced 
or psychologized about one half of those whom I 
have instructed." 

Miss A. " Did you influence them instantly, as you 
did me?" 

Mr. B. " Yes, most of them." 

Miss A. " Could you have influenced me, — you 
being here and I at my home ? " 

Mr. B. "Not by psychological power. To con- 
trol one psychologically the operator must be close 
enough to reach the individual through one or more 
of his five senses. He must also know how to in- 


terest the one whom he wishes to influence, so that 
he will be able to lodge the controlling impression 
upon the mind. This is fully as important as to be 
able to send out the proper impression." 

Miss A. " How would you go about it to interest 

Mr. B. " There are many ways. I would take the 
most practical one — the method which would be the 
mo6t appropriate for the occasion. In many cases 
the mind is in the very best condition to receive an 
impression the moment you meet an individual. 
Then again, it is necessary to engage the party whom 
you desire to control in conversation for one, two, or 
three minutes. If you remember, in your own case, 
we talked several minutes." 

Miss A. " Were you influencing me during our 
conversation ? " 

Mr. B. " No ; I was simply noticing the different 
moods or conditions of your mind, besides being 
interested in your conversation." 

Miss A. " How can you tell this ? " 

Mr. B. " From experience. This is my business 
— it is my life study." 

Miss A. " Would it be asking too much of you 
to tell me the best method of placing one's mind in 
the very best condition for the reception of impres- 

Mr. B. "Well, as a rule, the best method is to 
ask the person whom you wish to influence a question 
relating to his hobby. If you are an appreciative 
listener, he will take pleasure in answering your ques- 


tion. Let him do the talking. However, if he men- 
tions anything which meets with your approval, tell 
him so at the proper time, being careful not to inter- 
rupt him. When he comes to the end of his story, 
his mind is in the very best condition to be influenced. 
You must not wait, but be ready to lodge your im- 
pression the moment the person is through. Some- 
times one or two seconds make a great difference. 
The time to strike is when the iron is hot. So 4n 
lodging an impression. This can only be learned 
through experience.'* 

Miss A. " Do you teach this to your pupils ? " 

Mr. B. " Yes." 

Miss A. " If it can be learned from experience 
only, how can you instruct one ? " 

Mr. B. " After teaching the philosophy, and giv- 
ing the pupil an idea of the art, I have him try to 
influence the person he brings with him to demon- 
strate upon. For example : he will try to exercise 
enough influence to cause the hands of the person to 
become fast, or to produce anaesthesia. If they do 
not become fast, or he is not able to produce anaes- 
thesia, the fault is in the pupil, — not in the subject. 
I point out his defect at once, and tell him how to 
correct it. I also show him by influencing the person 
myself. The pupil learns his weak and strong points 
by his failures and successes. I never allow a pupil 
to make the same mistake twice, if I can possibly 
avoid it. If I did, he would be more apt to continue 
the same errors." 

Miss A. " Do you mean that you compel your 
pupils to do all of their operating under you?" 


Mr. B. '* I request them to do so until they are 
well grounded. They generally see the necessity of 
it and are very willing to comply. Yet some are 
well enough along so they begin to practise this 
psychological influence on their friends after the 
second lesson. I taught a doctor recently, and he 
was able to control one of his boys completely and 
the other partially, after the first lesson. Another 
gentleman, local manager of an insurance company, 
was able to influence his sister, his two younger 
brothers, and several of his friends after his third 

Miss A. " What ! Do you teach business men 
this Science? I thought it was taught only to nurses 
to soothe the sick, to doctors, for inducing sleep 
and anaesthesia, for painless surgical operations, 
and to teachers, for training and developing the 
minds of the young. What do business men want 
of it?" 

Mr. B. " Well, you may be surprised when I tell 
you. Of course, you know that competition in busi- 
ness is very great. Business men realize that goods 
do not always sell themselves ; it takes a good man 
to sell goods. They realize that a man's success 
depends as much or more upon his ability to influ- 
ence those with whom he comes in contact, than it 
does upon his intelligence or the quality of his goods. 
They see this demonstrated every day. So they have 
decided to increase their personal influence in busi- 
ness. In other words, to exercise as much influence 
as possible over those with whom they come in con- 


tact. They are aware of the fact, that as long as 
they are in business, they must deal with the human 
mind. It is to their interest to understand the nature 
of it thoroughly as soon as possible, and how to influ- 
ence it. Consequently, they study under one who 
is m experienced instructor in the Science and Art 
of controlHng the mind." 

Miss A. " Is it due to this psychological power, 
that some men are more successful in their business 
or profession, than others ? " 

Mr. B. " Yes ; to quite an extent." 

Miss A. " Well, a great many successful men have 
no knowledge of this Science. How do you account 
for their success ? " 

Mr. B. " They exercise this psychological power 
naturally and unknowingly." 

Miss A. " Could they become more successful in 
business or in their profession, if they have a correct 
and thorough knowledge of the workings of the 

Mr. B. "Yes; at least those who have taken a 
course of instruction, tell me so." 

Mrs. M. " Well, I see it will soon be time for us 
to leave, -and I am anxious to tell you the delightful 
sensation I experienced while under Mr. Barnes' 
influence, day before yesterday. I have recently read 
* Ardath,' in which is related how Alwyn was influ- 
enced by Heliobas, a monk, 'and how his soul was 
made to leave the body and experience such delight- 
ful, bewildering sensations. Mr. Barnes put me asleep 
from his chair for three minutes. The delightful 


experience I can never forget. I only wish it had 
been three hours." 

Miss A. " I should have thought you would have 
been afraid." 

Mrs. M. " Afraid ! Why, no ! I like to come 
here. The influences are so good." 

Miss A. " I thank you, Mr. Barnes, very much for 
answering all my questions. It is truly astonishing 
what can be done by this psychological power. 

Mrs. M. "Good-bye. Will return at the usual 
hour next week." 

Mr. B. " Good-morning, ladies." 

CHAPTER I. {conHnued). 
Section 2. 

In reviewing Section i of Chapter I., we notice it 
deals principally with the classification of the various 
degrees of suscepibility, the philosophy of psychology, 
and touches upon the art of lodging a psychological 
impression upon the mind. The art is the most 
important. It can only be acquired by practical 
experience under a competent instructor. Then there 
will be no possibility of any danger. 

We learned that the degree of susceptibility is based 
upon temperamefnt, the bilious the least susceptible, 
the sanguine more, and the nervous the most suscep- 
tible to influence. This means, that the requisite 
amount of influence to successfully control individuals 


varies with temperament. One's attitude, voice, facial 
expression, and gestures, to control a sensitive lady of 
the nervous temperament, must be more mild and less 
forcible than to control a strong, coarse man of the 
bilious temperament. 

We learn, too, that one is controlled psychologically 
by the strongest impression upon the mind for the time 
being ; and that the only way an impression can be 
made upon the mind is through one or more of the 
five special senses. Then to lodge as strong an impres- 
sion as possible upon the mind, we should enthuse 
the subject with one idea only, through as many ave- 
nues as possible at the same instant. To know this 
is one thing ; to do it, another, and requires skilful 

There is also a different relation of the five senses, 
depending upon development. The one having re- 
ceived the most development is the most important. 
One whose occupation requires much observation, as 
a rule, has the sense of sight highly developed. This 
is the most important sense in him. Another might 
have the sense of hearing more highly developed, 
— a musician, for example. A blind man who has 
no sight will have a keen sense of feeling developed. 
A tea taster, and one who exercises the sense of smell 
the most, will have these senses more highly developed. 
A knowledge of the relative importance of the senses 
is necessary to one in order to produce the very best 
results in controlling persons psychologically, — as 
will be seen by the following demonstrations upon a 
medical student : — 


Dr. L. " Mr. Barnes, shake hands with Mr. S., 
one of our senior students. He has seen no demon- 
strations along this line, and consequently does not 
know from experience if there is such a power as 
you teach. However, he is perfectly willing for us 
to influence him if we can. I took him by the hand 
yesterday, and I found that he responded to the test 
you gave me. If we can control him, we ought to be 
able to handle any of them, as he stands at the head 
of his class in everything, and is no weakling." 

Mr. S. " Don't believe him ; I will be dead easy. 
I am anxious to see something of the kind and to 
find out if I can be controlled. I possess some such 
power myself, as I have more or less influence with 
the boys. Yet I feel that I have been influenced 
myself to some extent, when I come to give it a sec- 
ond thought." 

Mr. B. "What is your weight, Mr. S., — one 
hundred and sixty? " 

Mr. S. " Yes, — two pounds more." 

Mr. B. "Five feet, nine?" 

Mr. S. " Exactly." 

Mr. B. '* You are a happy combination of the 
three temperaments. You should be in good health, 
— consequently very happy." 

Mr. S. " I am. Never saw a sick day in my life." 

Mr. B. "Your looks indicate it. You are the 
picture of health. I dare say you have good concen- 
tration, and you seem to possess plenty of determi- 
nation and will power which is quite essential to one's 
success now-a-days. I wish to show the doctor the 


fixed position the eyes take when they are made fast 
by a psychological impression. Close your eyes 
tightly, please. Do not be afraid ; I will not harm 
you. Now I wish you to open them if you can ; but 
I think you will find them fast. The more you try, 
the tighter they will stick." 

Mr. S. *' You have got them. It seems as if they 
were glued." 

Mr. B. " Doctor, I wish to call your attention to 
the position of the eyes. You will notice, when I 
raise the eye-lid, that only the white of the eye will 
show. You see the pupils are turned up towards the 
upper comer of the nose. This is so in three subjects 
out of four. Once in a while you will find a subject 
whose eyes roll down. Then, again, one whose eyes 
do not become fixed in any certain position at all." 

Dr. L. " Can't you get your eyes open ? " 

Mr. S. " No, I cannot." 

Mr. B. *' You see, doctor he is wide awake, in 
his normal condition, only his eyes will not open. 
Since the strongest impression controls, I will lodge 
a stronger one, that his eyes will open, and you will 
notice how quickly they will come open. Would you 
like to open your eyes ? " 

Mr. S. " Yes. I would certainly like to see what 
is going on here." 

Mr. B. " You can open them." 

Dr. L. " How did you feel ? " 

Mr. S. '* The same as I always do only I could not 
open my eyes.'* 

Mr. B. " Doctor, I would like to see you control 


Mr. S. so that he will be unable to get out of his 

Dr. L. " I have n't confidence in myself." 

Mr. B. " You must have. At least you must indi- 
cate it to the subject. I am sure if I did not have 
confidence in a doctor or his medicine I would not 
take it. So it is with Mr. S., he will act upon impres- 
sion which he receives from you. If your impression 
is favorable he will find himself fast to his chair ; if 
unfavorable he will be able to get up." 

Dr. L. " Give me your attention for a moment. 
You will find yourself fast in that chair." 

Mr. S. {rising up out of the chair), "I think 

Dr. L. " What 's wrong with the subject? " 

Mr. B. " Nothing wrong with the subject — some- 
thing wrong with you." 

Dr. L. " My language and voice were all right, 
were they not ? " 

Mr. B. "Yes." 

Dr. L. " What was the matter ? " 

Mr. B. '* I will tell you, doctor. You see this 
gentleman has been an observer and a student all of 
his life. For this reason the sense of sight is the 
most important through which to reach his mind. 
He believes what he sees, and not always what he 
hears. To illustrate : some one might attempt to 
secure money from him for his own selfish purpose, 
by relating a sympathetic story, calculated to work 
upon his feelings. The story might be well gotten 
up, very reasonable, and well told as far as language 


and voice are concerned, and if Mr. S. was blind he 
no doubt would believe it. But having his eyes 
open, some gesture or facial expression tells him the 
man is lying to him. What would he naturally 
believe, — what he hears or what he sees? " 

Dr. L. " He believes what he sees, of course." 

Mr. B. " Just so in your case. Your attitude and 
facial expression indicated the opposite impression 
from your language and voice. So the impression 
through the sight controlled him." 

Dr. L. " I see my mistake. I presume my case 
is like that of an old lady. She was told at church, if 
one had faith mountains could be removed by prayer. 
She concluded to try it on a little mound in her door- 
yard. If it worked, she would then give the moun- 
tains a test. At night she prayed and prayed for its 
removal. Early the next morning she hurried to the 
window and exclaimed, ' Just as I expected, it is there 
yet.' " 

Mr. B. " The impression which you made upon 
the subject's mind through his sight undid or coun- 
teracted the one you lodged through his hearing. 
Your failure to make him fast in his chair demon- 
strates that you are deficient in gesture and facial 
expression. I would advise you to practise before a 
mirror and see if your attitude and expression are 
always in harmony with your language or the idea 
you wish the subject to carry out. This is one point 
of difference between a man of much influence and 
one of little. It is more difficult for one to see his 
own faults than for an outsider, — one who makes a 


business looking for them. I know you will profit by 
the criticism." 

Dr. L. "Well, I think I can fasten him to his 
chair now. You are fast now. You will find it im- 
possible for you to get up. Can you? " 

Mr. S. '"I will admit you have got the start of me 
this time. I did not expect you were going to do 
that. In fact, I began to believe you could not do 
it. Your influence feels as strong as Mr. Barnes'." 

Dr. L. " Now you can get up." 

Mr. S. " But I can't." 

Dr. L. " Jump up ! " 

Mr. S. " Release me ; then I will." 

Dr. L. '* What is wrong with me now, Mr. Barnes ? 
I don't seem to be able to release him." 

Mr. B. " Your second impression does not counter- 
act the first." 

Dr. L. " I spoke to him in a more positive tone." 

Mr. B. " I will admit that. You spoke to him 
while he was in an entirely different condition. The 
time you lodged the impression which made him fast, 
his mind was in a more receptive condition. He was 
not really expecting it. His mind was more receptive 
because he was intensely interested in our conversa- 
tion. At the time of your last impression, his mind 
was more active. It was wrought up to a certain 
extent, inasmuch as he was trying to free himself 
from the chair. His combativeness was aroused. If 
you will interest him in conversation for a few 
moments then you will be able to release him with less 
than half the effort you made." 


Dr. L. " Mr. S., could n't you get up when I told 

Mr. S. " No." 

Dr. L. " Now you can." 

Mr. B. " You see how easy, if you only know how.*' 

Dr. L. ** Well, well, well. Never got too old to 
learn. I would n't take a great deal for what I have 
learned here to-day." 

Mr. S. " I don't understand how it is that you can 
influence any special muscle or system of muscles. 
The muscles which you controlled to cause the eyes 
to become fast are a different set from those which 
you paralyzed in making me fast." 

Mr. B. " We have a natural body which we might 
term a psychological body. The natural body is a 
material organization, having for its centre the brain ; 
the body or that which we see is the circumference. 
The psychological (or spiritual) has for its centre the 
mind, the extremities of which might be termed the 
soul. In the natural body is the nerve force (or nerves) 
which underlie all physical activity. In the psycho- 
logical body is the thought force (or spirit) which un- 
derlies all mental activity. The nerve force is the 
positive controlling force of the body, so the thought 
force is the positive controlling force of the soul. For 
one to control any muscle or system of muscles, the 
thought and nerve forces must be in harmony more 
or less. We influenced the thought force, — your 
thought controlled the muscles, — consequently the 
result was produced. All mental and phyiscal activ- 
ity is the result of thought. Thought must precede 
the raising of the hand or putting forth a foot." 


Mr. S. " It is strange^to^ me ; I don't seem to 
understand it." 

Mr. B. " There is a time in every one's life when 
he understands nothing. We have to live and learn. 
We are not expected to know anything until it has 
been demonstrated to us conclusively. It requires 
time to do this. If you were here every day for a week 
and could see all kinds of demonstrations produced 
upon parties whom my pupils bring, you would not 
understand them unless I should explain them to you 
in detail. If you will come some other time with the 
doctor, I will show you how to produce anaesthesia." 

Mr. S. " Can you do that with me ? " 

Mr. B. "Yes." 

Mr. S. " How long would it take you? " 

Mr. B. " About five seconds." 

Mr. S. '* So that you could perform a surgical 
operation ? " 

Mr. B. " Yes." 


Section 3. 

In Chapter I., we learned how different persons 
were controlled physically through psychological 
influence. It was shown how any muscle or system 
of muscles could be contracted, relaxed, or paralyzed 
at the will of the operator. The value, or the practi- 
cal application of this fact, is very evident to the 
progressive physician or to the intelligent reader. 


Sometimes, by either prenatal causes, disease, or acci- 
dent, there are dormant conditions of certain nerves, 
muscles, or cells. If these can be set in action by 
psychological power, relief and cures can be brought 
about. The demonstrations mentioned in the fol- 
lowing chapters will give the readers some idea of 
the practical uses to which this Science may be put. 

Dr. L. " Mr. Barnes, I have brought a brother 
physician with me this time, — Doctor C, who is 
much interested along this line, and who is perfectly 
willing for us to influence him." 

Mr. B. " Have you ever been influenced, doctor, 
to your knowledge?" 

Dr. C. "Never." 

Mr. B. " Have you seen persons influenced ? " 

Dr. C. " I have seen a number of minor surgical 
operations while patients were under some such influ- 
ence, and several major operations." 

Dr. L. " Suppose you allow Mr. Barnes to demon- 
strate upon you how anaesthesia can be produced with- 
out any anaesthetic outside of psychological influence." 

Dr. C. " I am willing. What are you going to do, 
— put me to sleep? " 

Mr. B. " No. If I anaesthetize you at all, I will 
do it while you are wide awake." 

Dr. C. " In those cases which I have witnessed, 
they produced hypnosis first." 

Dr. L. " It is not always necessary. I used to 
think it was absolutely necessary to induce sleep, but 
I have recently learned differently." 

Mr. B. "Many really believe that sleep must 


precede anaesthesia. This is not so. Anaesthesia can 
be produced in nine subjects out of ten without first 
inducing sleep, or unconsciousness. There are only 
a few whom it is necessary to hypnotize in order to 
produce complete anaesthesia. I would advise a 
physician never to hjrpnotize a patient unless it is 
absolutely necessary. I would recommend him to 
influence patients unknown to them. This is best 
for two reasons: first, if the patient is not con- 
scious of the fact that you are influencing him, he will 
not harm himself in any way, by anticipating the 
imaginary danger which might befall him; second, 
if the physician employs this psychological influence 
unknown to the general public, he will be able to do 
more good in relieving suffering humanity, and will 
not be criticized by the unenlightened public, or by 
some of his brother ( ?) physicians who are always on 
the alert to build themselves up by tearing someone 
else down. Such physicians would benefit their 
patients far more, if they would devote time spent 
in running others down to intellectual study — thus 
making themselves more proficient in the Science 
and Art of curing the sick. In fact, if all men were 
optimists, there would be a radical revolution in the 
mental, moral, and physical world." 

Dr. L. " Do you think physicians and dentists 
are very susceptible to psychological influence? It 
seems that they would be hard subjects." 

Mr. B. "They make the very best subjects, 
because they possess concentration and will power. 
These two things are characteristic of good subjects. 


They have practised concentration and the develop- 
ment of will power, constantly, from the time they 
began to study. Their desire to acquire knowledge 
compelled them to concentrate. Their ambition to 
be * above the average,' developed will power. 
Then again it has become second nature to the most 
of them to be influenced psychologically, from being 
under this influence so constantly while students. 
I have a number of other reasons, based upon prac- 
tical experience for believing that they succumb 
readily to such influence. I have instructed and also 
controlled dentists and physicians in. many of the 
cities of the United States. They make powerful 
operators, too, on account of their education and 
practical experience with the public. The educated, 
as a rule, are better subjects and better operators. 

" Now, doctor, if you are willing, I will anaesthetize 
your arm so you will not be able to experience any 
feeling whatever. You can feel now, — can't you? " 

Dr. C. "Yes, very decidedly. I can feel that 

Mr. B. " Now, you can feel nothing whatever — 
can you? If you do feel, tell me so." 

Dr. C. " I feel nothing. You are not pricking 
me with that needle, are you?" 

Dr. L. ** If you do not believe it, look, see for 
yourself. Mr. Barnes has run a ladies* hat pin through 
the flesh of your forearm. Can't you feel it at all?" 
(^See cut No. 2 on opposite page, ^ 
. Mr. B. . " boctor, you can pull it out ; then you 
will be sure it was through the flesh. " 




Dr. C. {with an exclamation as he proceeds to 
draw out the long hat pin) , " Is it possible ? Or am 
I under a delusion? No blood follows, either." 

Dr. L. "How do you account for that Mr. 
Barnes ?" 

Mr. B. " That is a mystery to which I have given 
much thought and study. It has never been explained 
yet. I am not quite ready to make my theory known 
to the world upon this point. In three subjects out 
of four, when needles are run through the flesh, no 
blood follows. " 

Dr. C. " The mystery to me is, why I did not 
feel the needle. This practical demonstration interests 
me more than the cause of the blood not flowing. " 

Dr. L. " I think so, too, doctor, To be able to 
produce complete anaesthesia so as to perform oper- 
ations of different kinds, without unconsciousness or 
any bad after effects which generally follow chloro- 
form or ether, is a very valuable fact. I have sur- 
prised myself in influencing some of my patients. 
Already, I have really accomplished more than I ever 
dreamed of. " 

Mr. B. "Speaking of mystery — what we have 
witnessed and experienced here this afternoon is not 
a drop in the bucket to what there is in the occult 
realm. In learning this Science one should begin at 
the bottom and advance step by step, as we do in 
other things. We find a place to begin in the occult 
world, but no place to leave off. The deeper we go, 
the more mystery." 


CHAPTER II. (Continued). 
Section 4. 

Mr. B. " Doctor, I wish to show you a very in- 
teresting demonstration which seems contrary to 
natural laws. The dilatation and contraction of the 
pupils of the eyes are supposed to be governed by the 
amount of light which enters. This gentleman, Mr. 
S., is a strong, robust young man. He has never 
been influenced but once before. '* 

Dr. E. " When did you first meet him ? " 

Mr. B. " Several days ago. " 

Dr. E. ** I have heard of the pupils dilating. Is it 
really so?" 

Mr. B. "Yes; you can see for yourself. Mr. 
S., are your eyes strong?" 

Mr. S. " Yes ; I am strong in every way to my 
knowledge. " 

Mr. B. " You see every thing plainly now, do you 

Mr.S. "Yes." 

Mr. B. " Doctor, I wish you to observe the size 
of the pupils of his eyes, before I produce psychical 
amaurosis. In less than ten seconds, he will lose the 
sense of sight. He will not be able to ^ee a thing ; 
everything will be total darkness to him. Now, doc- 
tor, notice the pupils ! " 

Dr. E. " Who would have believed it? The pupils 
have dilated to twice the normal size." 


Mr. B. " Take some pointed instrument, jab as if 
you were going to run it into his eye, and you will see 
that sight is entirely gone. He will not wink." 

Dr. E. " I will use my knife. If you see any thing 
at all let us know. Do you see the blade of my knife 
coming toward your eye ? " 

Mr. S. "No; I see nothing." 

Dr. E. " How do you feel ? " 

Mr. S. " I feel the same, only ever5rthing is dark." 

Dr. E. " That is the most remarkable thing I have 
ever seen. It demonstrates that something else be- 
sides light controls the pupils." 

Mr. B. " I claim that the mind has more or less 
control over every organ and cell of the entire body. 
It is upon this theory that I contend that some cases 
of psychical amaurosis can be cured as well as deafness 
and other troubles of the special senses, which are 
caused by clogging or inactivity. We know that there 
are latent sensibilities of the sensory nerves which are 
susceptible to development through exercise. What 
we want, then, is knowledge as to how these latent 
sensibilities can be developed most rapidly and most 

" Now, let us see what this Science will do. I speak 
as one who accepts the known results of recognized 
psychological experiments, and seeks only to learn how 
similar experiments may be utilized successfully in 
the work of assisting in the development of the latent 
sensibilities of the slumbering nerves. Every one 
will acknowledge that infinitely greater results follow 
where the method of exercising any stunted muscle 


or nerve of the system is natural rather than artificial. 
If you can exercise the nerve or muscle yourself, much 
more is to be hoped for, than if the exercise was 
forced to be conveyed in an exterior and artificial 
way. If one can send a communication over a sleep- 
ing nerve from the source from which the communi- 
cation should by nature's laws emanate, it thereby 
gives a nerve a bit of exercise that will tingle it into 
activity and usefulness with much more rapidity and 
with much better permanent results than would be 
the case by forcing it into exercise by the use of 
artificial means from without. 

" Now, will this Science do this ? Let us see. The 
operator has more or less control of the mind of the 
subject. We are forced to operate now in exercising 
the paralyzed nerve while the brain is busy with all 
the other senses. We will illustrate this with the deaf 
mute. The nerves of vision are busy ticking off their 
messages as to what the eyes see, and the brain is 
replying what to do about it and what to look at next ; 
the sense of touch is engaged in the same way ; the 
smell, the taste, are sending their little paragraphs 
of news, and that wondrously busy brain up there near 
the cranium must record all the messages it receives 
and go on sending its replies. 

" The nerves of hearing cause the operator as soon 
as he places the patient in the psychological state, to 
do, — what? Why, he proceeds at once to give 
orders to the nerves of taste and touch and sight and 
smell to go on a vacation. * Take a rest, I shall need 
you again,* he says to these nerves ; ' when I do I 


will call you.' And then, why, you see it all, of course. 
The entire energy of the brain let off from its occupa- 
tion with the other senses are put to work to bring 
this nerve of audience a command that shall wake it 
from its lethargy. 

** ' Wake up, you lazy rascal,* says the concentrated 
brain power acting under the command of the opera- 
tor ; ' what do you mean by sleeping when all your 
comrades are at work. See, I have given them a rest 
in order that I may give you the flogging your worth- 
lessness deserves. Wake up and busy yourself with 
the work for which you were brought into existence. 
You were born a cripple, you plead, eh? Oh, you 
only need to have your legs limbered up. Come, 
hop, skip, jump. There, don't you like it? Why, 
already I hear your shouts of joy.' " 

Just so, any of the special senses that are not per- 
forming their normal work can be acted upon by 
natural force from within, which will assist Mother 
Nature in effecting a cure. 

It might be well to relate how the sense of taste was 
influenced in a young man. He was made to lose all 
appetite for liquor, to the use of which he was very 
much addicted. The party in question is well-to-do, 
and is from one of the best families. We will call him 
Mr. H. He is thirty-five years of age, five feet, eight 
inches, and weighs one hundred and sixty-five pounds. 
Had been drinking excessively for ten years. To-day 
he is a total abstainer and enjoys perfect health with 
his affectionate wife and children. 

The cure was wrought very quickly and perman- 


ently. He came to my office three times only. The 
following is the complete history of the method em- 
ployed. Dr. M. brought him to me, gave me a brief 
description of the case, and asked me if I could cure 

Mr. B. " I can certainly cure him, doctor." 
Dr. M. " How long do you think it will take? " 
Mr. B. " From three to six sittings of ten minutes 
each, covering a period of one or two weeks." 
Dr. M. " Do you think it will be permanent?" 
Mr. B. " I am almost certain. There is no treat- 
ment which is more certain." 

Dr. M. "Do you think you can influence Mr. H. ? " 
Mr. B. "I know it. Most all men of such habits 
can be influenced." 

Dr. M. " How do you know it?" 
Mr. B. "I know it from experience ; by a glance 
I can control him from my chair — right here where 
I sit — to almost any extreme." 

Mr. H. " I feel that he can do it. What will it 
cost to cure me of this terrible habit ? " 
Mr. B. " One hundred dollars." 
Mr. H. " It will leave no bad effects? " 
Mr. B. " No ; none whatever." 
Mr. H. " Will it detain me from business?" 
Mr. B. " No ; not at all. Ten minutes at a time 
is as long as I wish to see you. You can come at 
such times as is most convenient for yourself and me." 
Dr. M. " Why not take your first treatment now, 
if Mr. Barnes has no other appointment ? " 
Mr. H. "[It will suit me." 


Mr. B. '* Then I will proceed at once. Give me 
your hand, Mr. H. Do you feel any sensation up 
your arm ? " 

Mr. H. " Yes ; I get a strong current from you." 

Mr. B. " Form a circuit by bringing your hands in 
contact, and you i/tnll find them fast. You can't get 
them apart ; can you ? " 

Mr. H. (in tones of surprise) . " No, I cannot. 
What was the matter?" 

Mr. B. " I have taken this method of gaining 
thorough control over you. So I will be able to do 
you the greatest amount of good. You are under 
my control now. I can do almost anything with you 
and you cannot resist my influence. You will find 
it impossible to get out of your chair." 

Dr. M. " I never saw a man controlled so in- 
stantaneously and completely before. I must say, 
you have remarkable power." 

Mr. B. " I do not exert near the power that you 
do in talking to me. My success lies in preparing 
him to receive thelnfluence, and knowing just when 
to exert it. I perform these simple demonstrations 
so as to be sure that I understand him thoroughly. 

" From the fact that I am successful in every one of 
of them demonstrates that I do know him, and 
handle him scientifically. I prefer to fail with one 
or two of these simple demonstrations than to fail 
when I come to give him the final impression, that 
he will never drink any more liquor. For this reason, 
I will influence him several times before I attempt 
to cure him. It is best to go slow, and make sure. 


This will be enough to-day. Come to-morrow at 

The next day the doctor came with the patient 
again. He seemed to be eager to observe my 
method of treatment, outside of his desire to see Mr. 
H. cured of such a dreadful disease. 

Mr. H. " Here we are again. What are you 
going to do with me to-day? I have felt different 
ever since I met you. What did you do to me? 
I have had a brighter feeling, and feel more solid. I 
know you have done me much good already." 

Dr. M. "You certainly have done him good." 

Mr. B. " I hope I have. I will surely do him 
good before I am through with him. You ask what 
I am going to do to-day. I am going to test your 
five senses to see how they stand in relation to each 
other. I will understand better then how to reach 
your mind so as to effect a cure." 

Dr. M. " There must be something more to this 
than simply giving him a suggestion that he would 
have no more appetite for liquor. I have always 
thought that there was much more to it, something 
else than simple suggestion. Because I have tried 
suggestion as mentioned in different works, and have 
never been successful. If you have no objections, 
Mr. Barnes, I would like to see you handle this case 
to the end." 

Mr. B. " I very seldom permit a third party to 
be present, but will in this case, because I know you 
are much interested, and will appreciate it. I will 
now proceed to test the five senses." 


Mr. H. (who has been listening very attentively) . 
** Do you use any instruments." 

Mr. B. "No; none whatever. Now, Mr. H., 
I want you to resist my influence with all the will 
power you can possibly bring to bear. By so doing, 
you will assist me in forming a more correct conclu- 
sion which will enable me to effect a permanent 
cure in your case. " 

Dr. M. ** What sense will you begin with, Mr. 

Mr. B. " I will begin with the sense of hearing 
first. Now, Mr. H., I will attempt to make you fast 
to your chair simply by a whisper. You must resist 
if possible." 

Mr. H. "I will." 

Mr. B. (in a very low whisper), " You are fast." 

Mr. H. " No. Not at all." 

Mr. B. (in a louder whisper) . "You are fast" 

Mr. H. (after somewhat of an effort) . " Not quite." 

Mr. B. (in a clear and more distinct whisper) . " You 
are fast." 

Mr. H. (making a desperate effort to release himself) . 
" You have got me this time." 

Mr. B. " You see, doctor, I have learned from 
these experiments the volume of voice it requires to 
overcome his will power. I knew from what little I 
influenced him the other day that he is very easily 
reached through this channel." 

Dr. M. "Do you mean to say that the tone of 
voice you used in making him fast is the tone to use 
in order to produce the best results ? " 


Mr. B. " No ; not exactly. Nothing below that 
wUl do for him." 

Dr. M. " Does the volume or tone of voice have 
so much to do in controlling one ? " 

Mr. B. '* It plays a very important part. Of 
course, all understand in a general way that it does. 
For example, you would not employ the same volume 
or tone of voice in welcoming a. delicate, sensitive 
lady in your office that you would to a large, robust 
man. Musical instruments should be played upon 
according to their delicacy of construction. So with 
individuals. Everyone requires harmonious vibra- 

Dr. M. '* That is true. I never saw it in that 
light before." 

Mr. B. " Now we will learn something of the sense 
of sight." 

Dr. M. " How will you try that? " 

Mr. Barnes stepped in front of the seated patient 
quickly showing by his facial expression that he is 
impressing the patient to be fast in the chair, but said 
nothing. The patient arose against the operator's 
expressed wish. 

Mr. B. " I will add to the strength of my facial 
expression the attitude. This will have twice the 
the effect upon him." 

Dr. M. " Mr. Barnes' whole attitude as well as his 
facial expression showed a strong desire for the patient 
to become fast. Yet he got up with apparent ease." 

Mr. B. '* You see from our experiments upon the 
sense of hearing and sight, the sense is the better 


avenue through which to reach his mind. I pre- 
sume this gentleman is a lover of music." 

Mr. H. "That is true; I am very fond of it. I 
devote all my spare time to it." 

Dr. M. " These facts are revelations to me." 

Mr. B. " We will now test the sense of smell. 
Can you smell any perfume on my handkerchief? " 

Mr. H. " No ; nothing at all." 

Dr. M. " Is it perfumed with violet?" 

Mr. B. " Yes." 

Dr. M. " I smell it very decidedly now." 

Mr. H. " I can't smell a thing." 

Mr. B. {putting it closer to Mr. Ws nose). "Try 
your best. Don't you smell anything at all ? " 

Mr. H. " Not a thing." 

Mr. B. " You see, doctor, this sense is almost use- 
less. It has never had proper development. How 
about your sense of taste ? " 

Mr. H. " I am sure that is very decided in my 

Mr. B. {handing Mr, If, a bottle of pure water), 
" Then suppose you taste of this castor oil and see if 
it is all right." 

Mr. H. " I was never very fond of that from a 
child {removing the cork from the bottle he places his 
tongue to it)y this is castor oil." 

Mr. B. " Are you sure of it? " 

Mr. H. "I would swear to it." 

Dr. M. "That is remarkable ! " 

Mr. B. " Doctor, I want to try him with some- 
thing else with which he is more familiar. We will 


take a little whiskey. I suppose you can tell good 
whiskey, can you not, Mr. H. ? " 

Mr. H. " You are right about that." 

Mr. B. " Take this glass of whiskey, and take a 
good swallow." 

Mr. H. "That's fine!" 

Mr. B. " That *s castor oil you have swallowed, is 
it not?" 

Mr. H. {in a vomiting attitude) . " Why did you 
give me that?" 

Dr. M. "It has made him deathly sick." 

Mr. B. *' I will have him all right in a minute. 
You are all right now." 

Mr. H. "That castor oil made me sick to my 

Dr. M. " That castor oil, as you call it, is whiskey." 

Mr. B. " Yes ; it is pure whiskey. I am doing all 
this for a purpose. The next time you come I will 
cure you of drinking liquor. I wish to test your sense 
of feeling ; then we will be through for this time." 

Mr. H. ** I don't care as long as you do not cut 
me. I have a dread of being cut." 

Mr. B. " I will not harm you in the least. I will 
simply take you by the hand and give you what some 
might term an imaginary electric shock. Do you get 
a shock?" 

Mr. H. {writhing under the shock). " I should say 
I do ! " 

Dr. H. " That is miraculous ! " 

Mr. B. "You see, doctor, he is very sensitive 
through this channel. You will feel all the better for 


your experience here to-day. Come to-morrow and I 
will surely cure you." 

Dr. M, " Well, Mr. Barnes, we are here once more 
for the third time. We don't want you to hurry this ; 
take your time." 

Mr. B. "I have been * taking my time.' ' Taking 
my time * is one great secret of my success. I 
might have made an attempt to cure Mr. H. of his 
habit the first visit, but it is better to be more 
thorough, — to go slow until you are quite positive 
you are safe. I now understand his case thoroughly 
and will cure him permanently in three minutes' time. 
I will simply cause him to lose all taste and desire for 
liquor. I will not give him anything to take, nor will 
I make him sick or do anything which will cause him 
any unpleasantness in the least." 

Dr. M. " I supposed in curing one of the liquor 
habit it was necessary to make the patient sick of 

Mr. B. " I know that many are under this errone- 
ous impression, which is probably due to the fact that 
most operators do make their patient sick. The 
better way is to cause the patient to lose all appetite 
and desire without producing sickness. The loss of 
both appetite and desire for liquor is the impression 
which we should lodge upon the mind ; not that the 
patient should be sick at the sight or smell of liquor." 

Dr. M. " Many have been cured by such ad- 
verse impressions. How do you account for it?" 

Mr. B. "Many patients have gotten well while 
being experimented upon by medical students. 


How many more might have recovered under expert 
physicians ? The chance of recovery is in favor of 
the experience." 

Dr. M. " You are right." 

Mr. B. " I wish to talk to Mr. H. now for three 
minutes, for ever after he will have no appetite or 
desire for liquor of any kind. You wish to be cured 
of this habit — do you not, Mr. H. ? " 

Mr. H. " Yes, I do." 

Mr. B. " You know that you would be better off 
financially and physically. Your family would be 
benefited in many ways — especially your devoted 
wife. It would be worth the world to her to see you 
yoiu*self once more. Now, Mr. H., I will cause all 
appetite and desire to leave you, — now and forever ! 
You will feel better than ever before." 

Dr. M. *' Mr. Barnes, you have done a great 
thing for Mr. H., and he will certainly appeciate it. 
I thank you most heartily for your permitting me to 
be present. It has opened my eyes to new fields of 
profitable thought." 

Mr. H. "I have no desire for liquor, but such a 
contented feeling. I am a new man 1 " 

The next interesting case, cured by psychological 
treatment, is a young man, — a cigarette fiend. He 
was treated once only by Mr. C, a pupil of mine. 
Was cured the first treatment. 

Mr. C. " I understand that you smoke cigarettes." 

Mr. W. " Yes, sir, I do." 

Mr. C. ** Would you like to be free from that 





Mr. W. "Yes; I would." 

Mr. C. " I will break you of it." 

Mr. B. " Take him into the other room. The 
photographer is here and we will have two pictures 
taken — before and after treatment." 

Mr. C. " Very well, I will do so. Step in this 
way, Mr. W., and I will give you your last smoke." 

Mr. B. " In order to have the picture more strik- 
ing, I would suggest that you lodge an impression 
that the taste of a cigarette will make him sick. You 
can remove this impression later." 

Mr. C. '* You can light your cigarette and take a 
good smoke for the last time." {See cut No. 3, on 
opposite page,) 

Mr. W. {taking a good puff). " I enjoy this." 

Mr. C. "You must make the most of it. In a 
few minutes I will give you the final impression." 

Mr. W. " Will I have no appetite at all after- 

Mr. C. " None whatever, and if you should try to 
smoke another cigarette it will make you sick. Now 
remember, you will have no more desire for cigar- 
ettes, and if you don't believe that the taste of one 
will make you sick, try it now." 

Mr. W. {lighting a cigarette) . " It makes me decid- 
edly sick." {See cut No. 4.) 

Mr. C. " That will do. You will not try any more, 
will you ? " 

Mr. W. " No ; you bet I won't." 

The following is an account of a pupil of mine 
whose hearing was completely restored in one sitting. 


Miss K. " You will have to show me everything 
to-day as I am almost entirely deaf. I am frightened 
and will consult a specialist. Do you think you can 
influence me and restore my hearing?" 

Mr. B. {in a loud tone) . " I am sure, I do not 
know. I can tell better after I give it a trial." 

Miss K. " I wish you would try it." 

Mr. B. "With your consent, I will. I may be 
able to influence you and relieve you at once." 

Miss K. " How long do you think it would require 
to influence me?" 

Mr. B. " I may get you in less than five minutes. 
Give me your attention and we will soon see what 
can be done. Place the palms of your hands together 
and I think you will find them fast. Can you sepa- 
rate them?" 

Miss K. "No, I cannot. That is queer. You 
have really made them fast." 

Mr. B. " Now you can take them apart. Watch 
me closely and I will operate upon your hearing. 
You will be able to hear distinctly in three minutes. 
Now, remember, in three minutes. Take my watch in 
your hand, and let me know when you hear it ticking." 

Miss K. " I hear it now, just as plainly as I ever 
did. How wonderful. I thought I would surely be 
deaf. I thank you a thousand times." 

The reader will readily see by the cases previously 
cited, that each of the five physical senses can be 
affected more or less by psychological influence alone. 
If one can produce complete anaesthesia, so a feel- 
ing of pain becomes a feeling of pleasure, through 











psychological influence, then what are the possi- 
bilities in this field ? These facts alone are enough 
to set every philosophical mind thinking. 

Section 5. 

In Chapters I. and II., we have called the atten- 
tion to the philosophy and art of psychology, giving 
a few demonstrations of how certain muscles or 
system of muscles can be controlled, and how the 
five physical senses can be affected. This chapter 
will be devoted more to the various faculties of the 
mind, demonstrating how they can be developed. 
This should be of much interest to mothers and 
teachers. Psychology as taught in schools is not to 
be compared with that taught by practical demonstra- 
tions in manipulating the minds of others. Theory 
is one thing, practice quite another. 

Many of my pupils have told me how they have 
been able to develop the minds of their children and 
advance them in various ways through a thorough 
knowledge of psychology. Some have been backward 
in their studies, — some in one subject, others in 
another. In nine cases out of ten, marked im- 
provement was shown after the first treatment. {See 
cut No. 5, on opposite page.) 

One father told me his younger son was a very 
poor mathematician, — he generally had nine prob- 
lems out of ten wrong. After the second treatment 


of a few minutes, the boy improved so he was able to 
get nine out of ten right. On the opposite page is a 
picture of a mother treating her little girl psychologi- 
cally. The mother fastened her hands to her head 
the first time she ever tried to influence her know- 
ingly. Since this, whenever she wished to treat her, 
she makes her little hands fast . to her head with a 
psychological impression, then proceeds with the 
treatment. She treats the younger child entirely by 
psychological influence ; the older by hypnotic sug- 
gestion while asleep. With both she has accom- 
plished wonders. I might mention dozens of cases 
that have been advanced wonderfully by parents who 
possess a thorough knowledge of psychology and its 

If one thoroughly understands psychology, he un- 
derstands the art of self-control. Self-control makes 
its possessor above the average. It helps him in 
every department of life, in the acquisition of knowl- 
edge of any kind, and in the successful accomplish- 
ments of his most cherished ambition. 

'* He that overcometh self is greater than he who 
taketh armed cities.^* 

Self-control can be acquired by many. The art 
of controlling others is more readily acquired than 
self-control. To obtain this, one must possess cer- 
tain knowledge of the mind and give it proper exer- 
cise. Exercise is the law of growth. This applies 
equally to the mental man as well as the physical. 
If a psychologist is able to lodge an impression upon 
the mind from without, causing one to acquire three 


times the knowledge in a given time, then, is it not 
possible for one to do this himself with practice if 
he knows how? If by psychological influence all 
kinds of bad habits can be cured, is it not possible 
and very probable that one having self-control could 
cure himself if he desired ? If a feeling of pain can 
be changed into a feeUng of pleasure by a pyscho- 
logical impression, is it not possible for one to con- 
trol his own feelings and ward off pain? If a 
circumstance will sometimes center the mind upon 
some special thing and cause one to reach the very 
heights of fame, is it not possible and right for one 
to control his own mind and accomplish his purpose 
in life ? We should control circumstances and not 
allow circumstances to control us. We don't know 
what can be accomplished until we concentrate our 
controlled forces upon the desired object of our 

The difference between a strong-minded man and 
one who is weak minded is the ability to concentrate 
and to withdraw thought. One who is not able to 
concentrate his mind lacks self-control. One who 
concentrates and lacks the ability to withdraw thought 
lacks self control. The one who possesses both con- 
centration and power to withdraw thought at will has 
self-control. Such an individual is strong minded 
and generally gets along in life. Psychology and self- 
control go hand in hand. 

Through psychological influence, the memory can 
be strengthened so that one will be able to retain any 
information as long as he lives. The faculty of 


recalling can be quickened so that one can recall any 
information at will. This is where many are weak. 
Many possess a storehouse of knowledge, but are not 
able to recall it at will. This is a great drawback to 
them in every sphere of life, in society as well as in 
business. By a knowledge of psychology one could 
save him or her self from many embarrassing positions, 
and at the same time, make a better impression. 
Every faculty of the mind can be cultivated and 
developed by its use. Benevolence, self-esteem, 
agreeableness, ideaUty, self-reliance, and the affec- 
tions. There is not a faculty or organ but can be 
influenced and developed through psychology. It 
would be a great blessing if every lady, and mother 
especially, had a knowledge of psychology so that she 
might demonstrate its efficiency upon members of her 
own family and acquaintances. 



Section 6. 

Hypnotism is derived from the word hypnosis 
which signifies sleep. It forms another link in the 
great magnetic chain, differing from the others only 
in degree, not kind. All phenomena which occur 
under partial sleep might be classified under this head. 
There are various degrees of sleep, ranging from 
drowsiness to suspension of animation. The first 
stage is drowsiness. If it was not natural for human 
beings to become drowsy, no hypnotist could repro- 
duce it. 

The next deeper stage is the somnambulistic. 
Many persons are naturally somnambulists. One is 
not so sound asleep in this stage but that he will 
perform certain mental and physical acts. Somnam- 
bulists have been known to get up in the darkest 
nights, walk in dangerous places, and return una- 
wakened and unharmed, — practically unconscious 
of what they did. Some have executed mental and 
physical work, painted the most exquisite pictures 
artistically. Others have solved difficult problems in 
the somnambulistic state. So we see this, too, is a 
natural stage. 

Persons sometimes sleep so naturally and pro- 
foundly that they do not perform physical and mental 
acts. This is the lethargic stage. Many pass into 


this stage every night ; those who do not would like 
to; more could if they understood the laws of the 
mind better and were able to give themselves an 

The next stage is the trance, or the suspension of 
animation. All have read of trance being produced 
by nature — sickness or disease. Others have seen 
or witnessed it. Many persons have been pronounced 
dead by physicians while in this state and have been 
buried alive. The fact that many bodies are found 
turned over in the caskets, after being dug up, dem- 
onstrates this. So we see that all these stages or 
degrees are often produced by nature. If it was not 
so, no living being could reproduce them. Clairvoy- 
ance and mind-reading will be treated under Part 
IV. This simple classification of the various degrees 
of hypnosis is sufficient for all practical purposes. 

Some ask, if it is right to hypnotize another. 
" If it is right and not dangerous, then what are the 
practical benefits ? " If it is right to give relief to 
suffering humanity through any other means, it is 
perfectly right to do so by means of hypnotism when 
it is possible. The practical benefits are twofold, — 
to those who give relief to the sufferer, and those who 
receive the benefit. There is no greater remedial 
agent than sleep. There are thousands who could be 
much benefited by a requisite amount of refreshing 
sleep. There is no other known remedy so good for 
nervous troubles. 

The time is not far distant when experts will be 
employed, by those of means, to come to their homes 


and put them into a restful and soothing sleep. It 
will also be used, in as many cases as possible, to pro- 
duce anaesthesia in all operations when the patient can- 
not take chloroform and ether. A most useful field 
will be, giving beneficial suggestion to children at 
night while asleep. Children can be advanced fifty 
per cent along lines of education and morality by 
proper suggestion. Mothers have no idea what can be 
accomplished until they have given it a trial. To be 
sure, suggestion given improperly will have the oppo- 
site effect. It is an art, to be able to give beneficial 
suggestions. Parents should take a few lessons in the 
art of suggestion. In time, no doubt, there will be 
institutions devoted to this entirely, where mothers 
may take a few lessons under competent instructors. 
All children are amenable to suggestion while asleep, 
and there is no better time. The mind is less occu- 
pied with other ideas ; consequently, will more readily 
accept suggestions which are properly impressed upon 
it. A good way to put children asleep is for the 
operator to count aloud, having the child pay close 
attention to the counting. 

One of the best mechanical methods of hypnotiz- 
ing or inducing sleep is to gaze at a bright object, 
suspended at an angle above the eyes which will 
cause the person to look a little upward and yet not 
enough to strain the eyes in any way. Suspend or 
hold the bright object about twelve inches from the 
eyes at an angle of twenty or thirty degrees. The 
person who wishes to be hypnotized can either lie 
down in bed or sit in an easy, comfortable chair. 


Care should be taken that there are no disturbing 
influences of any kind around about at the time. The 
operator should tell the party to make himself per- 
fectly passive, and to center his mind upon the bright 
object with the idea of going to sleep, if possible. 
Gazing at such an object will induce sleep in ten per 
cent within three to five minutes. 

Others may have to sit regularly for five or ten 
minutes at a time for several days, and possibly for 
weeks, before going to sleep. The operator has 
nothing to do while the patient is gazing at the object 
but to keep quiet. If he wished to exert himself in 
any way, let him centre his own mind upon the sleep. 
This will help in some cases. After the patient's 
eyes close and he becomes drowsy, the operator 
should stroke the forehead lightly and very gently 
with the hand, giving the suggestion that the patient 
is going into a more profound sleep. After doing 
this for about two minutes, the operator should use 
both hands and arms in making downward passes 
over the head and shoulders of the patient. The 
passes should be made with the arms and hands more 
or less relaxed, the fingers open. This should be 
done for one, two, or three minutes, according to the 
degree or stage of hypnosis you wish to produce. 
When the the right degree of hypnosis is induced, 
the operator may give the patient a post-hypnotic 
suggestion that he will sleep soundly for eight minutes, 
or for any limited period, and at the expiration of 
which will awaken himself, feeling very much refreshed 
and benefited. {See cut No. 6, page 57.) 


If you wish to awaken the patient at any time, 
reverse the passes — instead of making them down- 
ward and outward, make them upward and outward. 
It generally requires one third as many passes to 
restore the patient as it does to put him>asleep. If 
this does not awaken him, tell him to wake up, at the 
same time slap him on the shoulder lightly with the 
palm of your hand. Remember, never to lose your 
self-possession, and you will never have any trouble 
with patients. Self-possession and confidence are 
very essential. 

The brain and nervous system are reservoirs of 
nerve force. The brain being such a mass of nerves, 
it is naturally positive in relation to the nervous 
system. In making passes downward we demagnet- 
ize the brain and magnetize the nervous system, the 
same as we do in passing a magnet down over a 
horseshoe. In the same proportion we induce a 
deeper sleep. The blood always follows the nerve 
force. When one is busily engaged mentally with 
work or worry there is a plus amount of nerve force 
and blood at the brain, consequently it keeps one wide- 
awake. The moment one causes the nerve force to 
leave the brain, a soothing reaction follows, which 
results in sleep. Many imagine they have almost 
perfect self-control. If you should ask them if they 
can produce a sleep at will after a hard day of mental 
work and worry, they will be compelled to tell you 
no, they cannot. Until one can control his nerves 
he has not self-control. 

It is possible for some to hypnotize themselves to 


any extreme that a subject can be influenced by an 
operator. Some can give themselves an auto-sug- 
gestion to be carried out immediately, or a post- 
hypnotic suggestion to be executed at some future 
time. For example, A will give himself an auto- 
suggestion that he will go to sleep immediately, and 
a post-hypnotic suggestion that he will awaken at 
5 A. M. instead of 8, his usual time. He will sleep 
immediately and soundly, caused by his auto-sugges- 
tion, and will awaken promptly at five, according to his 
post-hypnotic suggestion. 

The following demonstrates post-hypnotic sugges- 
tion. The subject was a young lady who had just 
arrived at a hotel in a strange city in New York State. 
She went to the hotel with her mother in answer to a 
telegram that a relative had committed suicide. The 
young lady was suffering from a severe nervous shock, 
caused by the tragedy, besides being prostrated with 
grief over the loss of a beloved relative. I had just 
finished instructing a gentleman living at the hotel 
and had left a few hours before the tragedy occurred. 
The lady and her daughter arrived the following 
morning. The gentleman holds a high, responsible 
railroad position and is always ready and anxious to 
give relief in every way to those deserving it. 

He told me he saw at a glance the condition of the 
young lady, so he offered his services to the stranger. 
He suggested that the young lady be put to sleep 
immediately and have her nerves quieted. According 
to his own words, within three minutes he had her 
sound asleep. He gave her a post-hypnotic sugges- 





tion that she should ^sleep soundly and would awaken 
the next morning at eight o'clock, feeling very much 
refreshed. This took place about four o'clock in the 
afternoon. He immediately left her sleeping quietly 
and went to his office. He returned to watch the 
patient awaken the next morning which she did on 
the minute, feeling like a new being. This is but an 
example of what might be done for thousands of others 
who are suffering with nervous trouble. 

Cut No. 6 on the opposite page is a young man 
who was put to sleep and given a post-hypnotic sug- 
gestion by a pupil. I will give full account of how it 
was done. 

Dr. S. " Mr. R., lie down in a comfortable posi- 
tion and I will put you to sleep." 

Mr. R. " I will be ready in a minute. Don't 
make me sleep too long as I have some business to 
attend to soon." 

Dr. S. " I will only give you a short sleep." 

Mr. R. " I am ready. I begin to feel sleepy now." 

Dr. S. " Gaze at my finger a few minutes and if 
you feel drowsy, yield to the feeling and I will have 
you sound asleep in a few minutes." 

Mr. B. " Sure enough ; in four minutes he was in 
a deep sleep." 

Dr. S. " I will give him a post-hypnotic suggestion 
to wake up at the expiration of twenty minutes. You 
will awaken twenty minutes from now feeling very 
much refreshed for your sleep." 

Mr. B. '* The doctor watches the time closely, and 
the subject awakens on the second." 



Section 7. 

The previous chapter gives one an idea of the 
various stages of hypnosis, one method of hypnotizing 
and how to give a post-hypnotic suggestion. We will 
cite a few cases in this chapter in which practical 
benefit has been derived through hypnotism recently. 

The first patient noted was a lady, twenty years of 
age, suffering from St. Vitus's dance. She was very 
much emaciated and suffered with irregularities too. 
She looked like a walking skeleton. My assistant, 
who has charge of all cases requiring treatment, was 
unable to influence her at first. He tried three times 
the first week to hypnotize her, without success. 

He then called my attention to the case. I saw at 
a glance that an extra amount of influence would have 
•to be brought to bear upon the patient. So I hypno- 
tized my assistant and centred all of his forces upon 
the patient, at the same time concentrating my full 
power upon her in addition to his. This is equal to 
the force thrown off from three powerful operators. 
One hypnotist being hypnotized by another will exer- 
cise twice the force that he could while in his normal 
condition. Any way, the young lady went into a pro- 
found sleep within twenty seconds. 

We kept her asleep for one hour, during which we 
gave her strong suggestions that she would be less 
nervous and would improve rapidly. She showed a 
marked change for the better immediately on her 


awakening. She expressed that soothing, peaceful 
look which all patients experience under good influ- 
ence. After this my assistant was able to influence 
her alone. He treated her twice a week. She began 
to improve in color and flesh, and soon got over 
nervousness. Her hands stopped trembling. She 
was given suggestions that her other troubles would 
be all right In six weeks she was entirely well, round, 
and as pretty as a picture. The change wrought in 
her case seemed more like a miracle. The hypnotic 
suggestion worked like magic. 

Another patient suflering from locomotor ataxia was 
hypnotized immediately, and much benefited by a few 
treatments. He required a six-foot walk when he 
began treatment After the first treatment he de- 
cided that he could walk as well as anybody. In 
fact he walked a chalk line. 

Mr. D., a pupil of mine, reports a rheumatic friend 
whom he has cured in six treatments. This young 
man was confined to his bed every spring and suffered 
excruciating pain. He was relieved of all pain in the 
first treatment and was cured permanently in the 

Mr. S., a medical student, now a physician, while 
under my instruction, treated a patient for retention 
of urine. Her doctor used an instrument to relieve 
her. Mr. S. succeeded by suggestion within a few 
minutes. She had no trouble afterward. 

The following letter and testimonials will show 
some of the success that one of my pupils is having 
with hypnotism for curative purposes : — 


Nashua, N. H., May 25, 1898. 

My Dear Mr. Barnes^ — Yours of recent date, asking me to 
write up a little of my success with hypnotism for curative pur- 
poses, to be used in your new book, at hand and noted with 

I am pleased to know that you are preparing a new book of 
this kind. I am sure it will be an invaluable work for any one 
who is interested in this Science. If I can do anything to help 
you along in the good work, I shall consider it a pleasure to do 
so. You already know my views in regard to the Science. I 
would not part with the knowledge I have gained from you in 
the use of it for any reasonable amount of money, and never 
make use of it again. 

The accompanying testimonials and photographs will give you 
some idea of the success I am having, which seems to be phe- 
nomenal to all, and I am sure it is pleasing to me. I could give 
you many more. Yours truly, 

E. Hood Corson. 

East Rochester, N. H., May 16, 1898. 
E. Hood Corson, 

Nashua, N, H, : 

Dear Sir, — Permit me to again express my thanks to you for 
the wonderful change brought about in me by what seems to me to 
be a God-given power. When under your treatment I am more 
electrified than when in contact with a battery. As you know, 
the force permeates my whole body and the instant relief that I 
get from pain is beyond my comprehension. 

From the first time you treated me, I have known nothing 
about cold feet and legs from which I had suffered at night, not 
beinq able to sleep on account of it, I had about given up in 
despair, not expecting to live long. My back had given me un- 
told misery and all medical treatment had done me no good, 

I am now feeling well and happy and am able to attend to my 
business and do the hardest kind of work. 





Hoping that you may live long to relieve suffering hnmanity^ 
I am. Your friend and well-wisher, 

George M. Rankin. 

East Rochester, N. H., May 16, 1898. 
E. Hood Corson, 

Nashua, N,H.: 

Dear Sir, — I wish in some way to express my heart-felt thanks 
for the miraculous cure you wrought in me. When I think of the 
condition I was in, the first time I called on you, and the almost 
instant relief you gave me from my extreme suffering, and at 
the same time enabled me to go away with joy and sprightliness 
when I came to you on crutch and cane, it seems to me to be 
nothing less than a miracle, 

I should be only too glad to have the whole world know of 
my joy and perfect freedom from pain, also that I now have the 
use of my legs and back. As you know, I had been in this con- 
dition some three years, — paralysis of back and legs, caused 
by a fall, — not ever expectittg to have the use of these members 
again, but now I am able to do any ^kind of manual labor, 

I cannot thank you and the good Lord enough for giving you 
such power to treat the sick and lame. Words will never tell of 
my joy, lam. 

Your humble servant, 

Samuel A. Jones. 

Cuts 7 and 8, on the opposite page, are the pictures 
of Mr. Jones before and after treatment. 

The following is a letter from a lady pupil affirming 
the value of hypnotic suggestion with children : — 

Mr. Barnes: 

Dear Sir, — I am very glad to know you are getting out a 
new work and hope the public will be quick to take advantage 
of it, especially the mothers. Words fail to estimate the good 


hypnotism c»n do, properly applied in a family of children. I 
have had wonderful success in the use of it as applied to their 

Hypnotic suggestion given nightly for two or three weeks, to 
a child who is backward and discouraged in any particular study, 
will bring her out of her ** slough of despond " with flying colors. 
She no longer dislikes the study and her work is easy. So it 
can be applied to any study or difficulty with success. Think 
also of the anxiety it will lessen when we know how to ward off 
evil habits from our children, and bring them up to a noble 
manhood and womanhood. 

Hypnotism as a character builder is unparalleled. And I 
sincerely hope the day will come when every mother will see the 
necessity of taking a course in this Science. 

Mrs. Everett Sias, 

East Boston, Mass, 

On the opposite page is a picture of the lady men- 
tioned above, treating one of her own children by 
hypnotic suggestion. It is remarkable what she has 
accomplished. {See cut No, 9.) 

Hypnotism has been successfully employed in the 
treatment of the various mental derangements — not 
dependent upon organic diseases of the brain — as 
amply demonstrated by Charcot, Voisin, and others of 
no less repute, which includes hysteri-epilepsy, mel- 
ancholia with suicidal tendencies, hallucinations of 
various kinds, irresistible impulses to evil actions or 
to commit crime, maniacal exaltations, etc. 

The innumerable ills and complaints that befall 
hysterical subjects yield, as a rule, readily to the 
proper hypnotic influence, also sleeplessness from 
overwork or other causes, St. Vitus's Dance, palpita- 










tion of the heart ; whiskey, opium and other vicious 

We have reason, based upon the experience of 
eminent physicians, to expect beneficial effects in 
some pathological states of the lower organic or vege- 
table life by concentration of nervous energy to the 
diseased parts through suggestion made during 

Several physicians have succeeded beyond their 
expectations in relieving sexual impotency (when not 
the result of extreme age or actual disease), men- 
strual irregularities, writer's cramp, dyspepsia, consti- 
pation, neuralgia, rheumatic pains, etc. 

My time is almost wholly occupied giving instruc- 
tion, — teaching others how to employ the Science as 
a therapeutic agent ; consequently I treat a limited 
number only, — cases in which the ordinary methods 
of treatment have failed, and who have been advised 
by their physicians to try hypnotic suggestion. 

I employ an assistant whom Nature has endowed 
with an abundance of curative power. He has 
charge of all cases for treatment. We accept no 
patients whom we cannot benefit nor cure. We test 
them. If they do not succumb to the influence 
immediately we dismiss them without taking more of 
their time. If it is an obstinate case, I hypnotize 
the assistant, centre all his forces upon the disease, 
thus increasing the curative power many fold. Most 
of those who have never been able to be hypnotized 
before are readily influenced in this way. {See Cut 
No. 10 on opposite page.) 



Section 8. 

" A Word to the Wiie.- 

Every living being has its own peculiar magnetism. 
Every individual has his or her personal magnetism. 
If this were not so, a dog could not trace its master 
through a crowded street where there have been 
thousands of persons. This magnetism which ema- 
nates from the master is the medium through which 
the dog is enabled to follow him. Personal magnetism 
is the medium through which persons are attracted 
or repelled. It has much to do with one's success in 
business, love, or social affairs. Success along these 
lines does not always depend upon intelligence alone, 
as is demonstrated in every-day life. It depends 
largely upon personal magnetism. All possess it to 
a greater or less degree, but few know how to 
develop and exercise it to its fullest extent. To 
possess it is one thing, to exercise it quite another. 
(S^£ cut No, II of lady on the opposite page exer- 
cising personal magnetism,) 

The very word magnetism is invested with a subtile, 
1 indefinable charm, — as subtile, undefinable, and 
fil luring as its own nature. Its far-reaching influence 







is felt in every walk of life ; like the genial rays of 
the glorious sun, it permeates everywhere, beautifying, 
strengthening, and cheering those who give and those 
who receive. 

It radiates in the mother's loving smile and cooing 
lullaby, drawing her dear ones closer ; speaks in the 
clear, firm, convincing tones of the pleasant teacher, 
and soothes in the gentle voice and kindly ministra- 
tions of the patient, skilled nurse. 

Who has not felt the influence of a loved physician's 
very presence ? His magnetic touch and reassuring 
words give the sufferer new life and hope. Personal 
magnetism sings in every dulcet, sparkling tone of 
Patti's marvellous voice ; breathes in every word, look, 
and movement of the " divine Sarah," enthralling the 
senses by the eloquence of its magic spell. Calve, 
Nordica, Melba, Sembrich, Booth, Barrett, genial Joe 
Jefferson, Irving, Terry, Modjeska, Eleanora Duse, 
and a host of lesser lights, have charmed us by means 
of this self-same, wonderful gift. 

The leader in any circle, at any place, and at any 
time sways his hearers by his unusual power to 
attract and bind others to him and his code. Wash- 
ington, lancoln. Grant, Roscoe Conkling, Bryan, 
Blaine, Henry George, Frances Willard, Chauncey 
Depew, Phillips Brooks, Ex Gov. Russell, Ex-Gov. 
Long, bear witness to this fact. 

The pages of history record no more striking 
example of the absolute power of personal magnetism 
than majestic William Bradford, — second Governor 
of Plymouth Colony. Grave, just, tender, and wise, he 


led his people lovingly, winning and holding their 
undying affection and unquestioning, loyal obedience. 
However, in that day and time superstition ran riot, 
and should you have even suggested to this noble 
soul that his strength lay in his magnetism, he would 
have eyed you askance, and regarded you with holy 
horror as an emissary of the Evil One. Rest in 
peace, brave heart ! The strange, sweet spell of your 
powerful personality enchants us yet, " despite time's 

'*To understand the true philosophy of mind is 
one of the highest and most noble objects that can 
possibly engage the attention of any human being." 

In the social circle, the gracious influence of at- 
tractive, winsome women and great-hearted men is 
always forcibly felt. It scintillates in the brilliant 
glance of the eye, flashes in the welcoming smile, 
glows in the friendly word, and thrills in the hearty 
grasp of the hand. In no sphere, then, is the assid- 
uous cultivation of magnetic qualities of more im- 
portance. The opportunities thus afforded for uplifting 
and materially benefiting mankind are well-nigh 
boundless. We have but to look about us in the 
land to find this simple truth verified many times 
over each day. 

" Who soweth good seed will surely reap." Is this 
power within the reach of all ? you ask. You have it 
already ; it is a force latent in every human being 
and only needs to be developed by one thoroughly 
skilled in the art, and brought into activity under such 
guidance, in order to reach the highest possible 


results. This is a sacred gift entrusted to your keep- 
ing, and should be nurtured tenderly, reverently, and 
with exceeding great care. It is truly the "open 
sesame " to many coveted realms. 

Who, having a priceless jewel, would ruthlessly crush 
it under foot? Personal magnetism is a "gem of 
purest ray serene," much to be desired. 

Can you afford to live without developing it ? 

" The faculty of magnetizing, or that of influencing 
one's fellow creatures, being the most beautiful and 
the most precious which has ever been given to man, 
it is necessary to regard the exercise of magnetism as 
an act which demands the greatest purity of intention." 

" A beam in darkness ^ — let it grmv,^"* 


Section 9. 

We know that the somnambulist, in the darkness 
of the night with his eyes closed, can climb dizzy 
heights and walk along dangerous precipices with 
ease and apparent safety, as long as he is not inter- 
fered with, and the condition of his body and mind 

This power, thus exhibited, is evidence that there 
is a medium adapted to the sight of the mind, which 
enables it to see things beyond the sense of ordinary 
sight. This medium through which the mind sees is 
a thousand times more subtile than the atmosphere 
through which the natural eye sees. All that is 
necessary to be able to see through the electrical 
medium is that the brain shall be in a state of nega- 
tive vital action. The eyes are the windows through 
which the mind looks, the eyelids being the shutters. 
When the lids are closed they shut out from the mind 
external objects, but no more than the plus amount 
of nerve force at the brain shuts out the electrical 
medium from the mind. 

If, when a person lies down at night, there are 
subjective causes of any nature that affect the ner- 


vous system in such a way as to bring about the 
negative vital condition of the brain, he would see as 
naturally as he would when awake through the at- 
mospheric medium. The finer medium adapted to 
the sight of the mind enables the somnambulist to 
see more clearly and to act with far greater precision 
than he could when guided by the ordinary sense of 

The condition underlying this sight of the mind is 
that which makes the phenomena of independent 
clairvoyance possible and, when intensified, enables 
persons in the trance, or clairvoyant state, to see and 
know what is transpiring at a greater distance. 

In independent clairvoyance the mind of the sub- 
ject is not guided by or through those around him, 
but has the power, like the mind of the somnambu- 
list, to act independently of any influence of those 
present. The same spontaneous condition that enables 
the somnambulist to go from place to place in the 
darkness of the night, over perilous roads, in safety, 
has enabled others, when unconscious thought has 
taken a different direction, to paint pictures, write 
poems, make speeches, etc., manifesting in whatever 
they did more mental vigor and greater skill than 
when awake and conscious. 

A superstition has grown up in regard to this mys- 
terious power which induces many to consult clair- 
voyants about hidden treasures and stolen property. 
Sometimes the property can be located, but it is 
because the clairvoyant is more or less in the sympa- 
thetic condition and receives impressions of the fact 


from the mind of some one who knows where the 
treasure is. 

There are many ways in which such impressions 
may be received. He may be put upon the track by 
some one present, or he may receive impressions 
from some one at a distance. Mind can communi- 
cate with mind, when the conditions are right, irre- 
spective of distance, as can be proved by-indisputable 
evidence. There are but few persons capable of 
demonstrating clairvoyance, and most of these are 
more or less sympathetic. 

A few instances have occurred where persons in a 
natural state have discovered that they possess the 
power to divine the thoughts of others. They have 
exhibited their power partly as a matter of business 
and partly to astonish the public. Such persons are 
necessarily in a state of accord and health, or more 
or less in the normal vital condition. Being in that 
condition they can, by a mental effort, induce, tem- 
porarily, that negative condition of the brain which 
enables it to receive the electrical thought waves from 
the minds of others when in direct communication 
with them ; with this normal vital condition the brain 
would naturally react and become positive. Such 
persons, therefore, are obliged to continue the mental 
effort in order to keep the brain in the negative con- 
dition long enough to enable them to produce the 
phenomena. This is known as mind reading. 

The condition of the brain in which this phenom- 
enon is possible can be induced at will by any person 
who finds himself to be in a state of accord after he 


has acquired positive self-control. The cultivation of 
the will power increases the susceptibility of the mind 
and enables it to receive and reproduce the thoughts 
of others very rapidly when the necessary conditions 
exist, and the phenomena are much more interesting 
and convincing when presented by one who can not 
only reproduce readily the thoughts of others, but has 
the power to maintain at will the negative condition 
of the brain without apparent effort 

In some tribes of Indians there are squaws who can 
divine the thoughts of the chief or others of the tribe, 
and can tell the things that have occurred in their 
past lives known only to themselves. 

The possession of this power causes its possessor 
to be regarded as in direct communication with the 
Great Spirit, and reverence is paid accordingly. Not 
understanding the limit of this power, one having it 
is frequently consulted in regard to matters of war or 
other things of importance to the government of ^the 
tribe. The mystery involving these phenomena fos- 
ters the superstition which is so common to the Indian 

A similar superstition has brought forward and 
maintained a class of persons known as fortune tellers 
who, having the power to divine thought, intention- 
ally create the impression that they also have the 
power to foretell future events. If they can relate 
some incident in the past life of the person who con- 
sults them they can the more readily sustain the 
claim of prophecy. * 

The ability to foretell the future is not embraced 


in the power of the clairvoyant nor in that of the 
mind reader. The power belongs to the faculty of 
mind known as pre-science. It can be attained by 
man when he is in the highest state of accord and 
health, when he has the positive power to direct 
thought to the higher faculties of the mind, when his 
spirit force is in harmony with Nature, and when he 
has the will power to maintain that harmony. He 
must be a man like Christ, or approximating that con- 
dition in both mind and body. 

In all phenomena as manifested by the clairvoyant, 
the mind reader, the somnambulist, or the hypnotic 
subject, a negative vital condition of the brain is 
necessary to the manifestation. The temporary 
revision of the force of the body that accompanies 
this abnormal condition, as in the case of the mind 
reader, is not injurious to the health, because the 
mind acts consciously, and the healthy state of the 
body causes the brain to react and resume its posi- 
tive vital condition naturally. 

The following is an account of an instance of mind 
reading given at Rochester, N. Y., by one of her citi- 
zens. The mind reader was Mr. N. I announced 
that if any member of the audience would take a 
knife, go through the act of stabbing some one, then 
hide it, that Mr. N. would first find the knife, the 
gentleman who hid it, the person who was stabbed, 
and the identical spot which the point of the knife 
touched would ^e pointed out by him while blind- 
folded. He immediately found the knife, the man 
who hid it, the person who was stabbed, and placed 


his finger on the exact spot touched by the point of 
the blade. 

After controllingl'a young man one evening, we 
each went to our homes. I centred my mind upon 
the idea that I wanted that gentleman to come to me. 
This was half past eleven o'clock at night and I had just 
gone to bed. The distance between us was at least 
one mile. In fifteen or twenty minutes there came a 
ring, and sure enough the desired gentleman called. 
I asked him what he wished. He said he felt that I 
wanted to see him. On close questioning he told me 
he had retired, but a feeling came over him that I 
wanted him, and he felt compelled to get up, dress 
himself, and come to me. The above are fair ex- 
amples of mind reading. Many more instances 
might be enumerated, but space will not permit. 
It may be well to mention here that mind readers 
can be developed through hypnotism. A great many 
naturally receive correct impressions; these, above 
all others, could develop this faculty if they under- 
stood the nature of the mind. Many have faculties 
undeveloped, and never have the practical use of 
them which the Creator intended. 


Section io. 
Clairvovance may be considered under two heads ; 
namely, sympathetic and independent. A sympa- 
thetic clairvoyant takes on the feelings of the one 


with whom he is in sympathy. He very often feels, 
sees, hears, tastes, and smells that which the other 
party does. He is sometimes able to locate pain and 
disease immediately through this God-like faculty. 
Independent clairvoyants are able to get information 
independently of any sympathetic relation, appar- 
ently ; they are able to separate the soul from the 
body, and to travel to foreign countries. Time and 
distance seem to cut no figure with them. 

The following is an example of sympathetic clair- 
voyance. I blindfolded a gentleman, placed my 
hands in contact with his, while the third party 
pricked me at various points with a sharp instrument. 
The subject would feel the pain immediately at the 
point upon his own body, corresponding to the exact 
location where the instrument was being used upon 
me. Apparently his acuteness of feeling was intensi- 
fied a hundred fold. He expressed agony when any 
portion of my neck and head was touched. 

I know a dentist in Western New York who is so 
sympathetic that he suffers whenever his wife does. 
He has the same feelings and never improves until 
she begins to recover. A pupil of mine, a contractor, 
who is exceptionally strong, told me that the above 
condition existed between himself and wife, and that 
the distance made no difference as he was hun- 
dreds and sometimes thousands of miles away from 

The following wonderful incident took place at my 
office. A young man had been brought to me to 
examine, and determine whether or not he was sus- 


ceptible to hypnotic influence. After conversing with 
him for five minutes I tried him psychologically. I 
was able to influence him successfully at a distance 
while sitting in my chair. I then told his father that 
I would make an appointment with his son the next 
morning at ten o'clock, and would test what som« call 
the subjective mind. I took the father one side and 
told him it would require his co-operation. At ten 
o'clock sharp I will hypnotize your son, and will keep 
him in that condition for fifteen minutes. I wish 
you, while at your home (which is at least a mile from 
my office), to begin at ten o'clock sharp and do such 
things that will bring into exercise the five physical 
senses, occupying fifteen minutes in all. I will see if 
your son can tell me just what you are doing. You - 
must be sure not to give him any suggestion as to 
what you are going to do. I prefer that you would 
not mention our plans to him at all. He assured me 
that he would not, at the same time stating that he 
thought he would be compelled to be away from home 
at that hour, but would tell his wife, who would carry 
them out as I requested. 

The next morning the son was on hand. I invited 
a medical student, whom I was instructing at the 
time, to witness the demonstrations. At ten o'clock 
sharp I placed the son in a hypnotic state and com- 
manded him to go to his home, in his mind, if it was 
possible, to watch closely for fifteen minutes and tell 
me everything which took place. After breathing 
deeply and rapidly for a few moments he told me 
that he was there. 


He said father and mother were sitting at the table 
in the front room upstairs. Said his father was read- 
ing the morning paper and smoking a cigar, while his 
mother was sitting directly opposite, facing him, doing 
some needlework. In a few moments, he mentioned 
that .they were talking, but he could not hear dis- 
tinctly, but could see their lips moving. The next 
instant he said his father was getting up and going 
out through his room. He looked out of the window 
and threw his cigar away. 

Next he remarked that his mother was touching the 
electric button and giving orders to the servant for 
dinner. Then he said she was coming back by 
my bed-room, stopped and fed the parrot some apple, 
then took a bit herself. They both were again sit- 
ting at the table and his mother resuming her needle- 
work. He seemed very much exhausted by this time, 
so I brought him out. He remembered all he had 
seen, and said it seemed just as if he was there. In 
fact, he was sure his mind was there. In the after- 
noon, the mother called and said what her son wit- 
nessed was correct. Her husband did not go away 
as he expected. 

While instructing a Denver lawyer, we witnessed 
some interesting phenomena. I will not attempt to 
explain it, but will mention the facts only. The 
above gentleman had charge of a large carriage repos- 
itory. I knew nothing of this until he put a young 
man into the clairvoyant state at my office and 
requested him to tell him the contents of the building 
located on such a street and number. This took 


place after business hours, about 9 p. m. The subject 
began to talk immediately, and told him that the 
place was closed and that it was dark. He was then 
commanded to go into the building and to tell what 
he found there. 

He talked just as if he was there in person. He 
described the entrance as he entered, the bicycle 
which he stumbled over, — told the make and exact 
location. He felt around, coming in contact with the 
different wagons, until he told the exact number of 
wagons the floor contained, the number of rows and 
the true position of the shafts. This astonished the 

On another occasion, before several professors and 
students of one of the medical colleges in Denver, a 
subject described accurately what a number of them 
were doing in another part of the building. They 
resolved themselves into a committee, part of whom 
went into the extreme end of the building, entered a 
room and closed the door. While in the room they 
did many things. They made written statements of 
what took place. The other part of the committee 
remained with the subject and made a note of what 
he said they were doing. At the end of fifteen min- 
utes we brought the subject out of the clairvoyant 
state. The papers were compared. The subject was 
right in everything. He talked and laughed just as if 
he was there in both body and mind. After this his 
mind was sent to the office of one of the doctors. 
He described everything satisfactory to the doctor 
who was quite a sceptic a few minutes before. I 


might mention many such cases of what some term 
the soul leaving the body. 

The following was very interesting to me at the 
time. I was instructing a German who had come to 
this country fifteen years before. His father was 
dead and his mother was living at the old home on 
the other side. After producing the clairvoyant state, 
I told the subject to go to Germany, in his mind, at 
the home of the gentleman present, and describe the 
house, its contents, and the persons he might find. 
After breathing deeply, he began to sink into an 
unconscious state. All at once he began to breathe 
very rapidly, as the same time stating, " Long journey, 
am so tired." 

He immediately began to describe the house, stat- 
ing that it was an old-fashioned frame house, a story 
and a half high, built upon rough stone. Said the 
stone was built up three feet above the ground. He 
told the number of windows. He was then told to 
enter the house. On entering, he met the mother 
with a lighted candle and gave a most vivid descrip- 
tion of her, which was more than satisfactory to the 
son, who had not seen his mother for years. He even 
described many of the antique pieces of furniture. 

The son said he could not have gotten everything 
so exactly unless he was really there. The subject's 
description was so vivid that the gentleman sat spell- 
bound during the whole time ; smiles mingled with 
tears on receiving the information of what was trans- 
piring at his old home at that time. The subject, on 
being restored to his normal condition, was quite 


exhausted, yet was not able to recall what he saw a 
few minutes before in Europe ; in fact, was surprised 
to hear that he had been able to separate his soul 
from the body. 

The remarkable demonstrations mentioned in this 
work may seem incredible to some. 

The forces underlying magnetism, psychology, 
hypnotism, and clairvoyance are as old as the oldest 
form of life. They have always existed and have 
been exercised, either consciously or unconsciously, by 
every living being. The most enlightened and intel- 
ligent leaders have employed them knowingly to 
advance their own personal interest or in the interest 
of their sect, be it religious or secular, which they 
represent. The Chaldeans, Egyptians, Greeks, Baby- 
lonians, Hindoos, and others emphasize this fact. 

The mistaken impression prevails, to a great extent, 
that the discovery of the existence of this power dates 
back only to the time of Mesmer and Braid. Elec- 
tricity is coexistent with creation. Its practical use, 
however, dates back comparatively a few years, this 
subtile, potent force of the mind may claim almost 
equal antiquity of birth and equal newness of practical 
application. Its usefulness Hes in the knowledge of 
its practical application. 

Thus understood and applied, it is a most valuable 
and valued instrument in the hands of the learned 
physician, the trained nurse, the skilled dentist, the 
progressive attorney, the conscientious teacher, the 
earnest minister, the able society leader, the wide- 
awake, successful business man, — in short, no intelli- 


gent man or woman should be satisfied to be without 
a thorough, clear knowledge of this Science. In days 
gone by, brute force ruled; to-day mental force 
controls. This power is latent in every human being. 
All possess it, only in different degrees of intensity. 
It can be cultivated and developed in all bright, intel- 
ligent people to a greater degree through the guid- 
ance of a competent instructor. 



Section ii. 

The following are a few of the many testimonials 
received from those whom I have instructed. I have 
not appended names and addresses, because many 
do not wish their names given to the general public. 
Persons interested in the science will be shown the 
originals or cheerfully given any other general in- 
formation desired upon application at the office : — 

Rochester, N. Y. 

The Science of the Mind, or Hjrpnotic Suggestion, as taught 
by Professor Barnes, in my opinion is a grand truth, which can 
be made very valuable in the hands of intelligent people, 
especially in the treatment of disease. 

To the business or professional man it is a valuable Science. 
No doubt but what it teaches the secret of success. In the 
hands of good people very much good can be accomplished by 
it in uplifting humanity. In Europe the Science is practised to 
a great extent. They have institutions established and protected 
by the various governments. May the time soon come when 
all will see the truth of the Science, and will learn it and make 
good use of it. 

Yours respectfully, 

Ex-Physician to the Emperor of Russia. 



To w/wm it may concern : Tins will testify that I have 
received instructions in Psychology and Hypnotism from Pro- 
fessor Barnes, and consider it one of the greatest privileges of 
my life. Starting a confirmed sceptic, I am now (in my opin- 
ion) a very competent operator. 

Proprietor of a Printing Co. 

Chicago, III. 
By investigating the Science of H3rpnotism as taught by 
Professor Barnes I have found it to be a very valuable Science; 
one which will become beneficial to all who become proficient 
in its use. It will yet become a great factor in the relief and 
cure of the diseases of mankind, and aid people who under- 
stand it to become successful in their business enterprises. The 
wonderful cures and results accomplished through its use 
should cause all parties to study the Science and use it in every- 
day life. Respectfully, Physician. 

Buffalo, N. Y. 
Hjrpnotism as you impart it is very valuable and practical to 
an intelligent physician. I am much pleased, and have been 
many times repaid for the time and money invested. 

Yours with best wishes, Physician. 

Rochester, N. Y. 
Psychology, as taught by Professor Barnes, can be made of 
great use and advantage to the world if entered into with the 
right spirit, with a view to the betterment of one's self, thereby 
making the world better for having lived in it. 

Manager of Life Insurance Co. 

Buffalo, N. Y. 
My experience and success have been more than surprising to 
me, and I am thoroughly satisfied that I have obtained that for 
which I have been looking for, for years. 

With best wishes, I am yours truly, 

Manager of Agents. 


Chicago, III. 
I am pleased to recommend Professor Barnes, professor in 
Psychological and Hypnotic Control, as a skilled and thorough 
operator. I have taken a course in the Science under him and 
find it wonderful and a great help in my business. I can 
thoroughly endorse him as a perfect gentleman in all transactions. 
Yours very respectfully. Dentist. 

Buffalo, N. Y. 
I was taught the wonderful Science of Psychological and 
Hypnotic Control, and find it equally useful to me in business 
and social affairs. I can cordially recommend it to all young 
men who have not had the advantage of an education. 

PKoPKitToR OF A Printing Co. 

Canandaigua, N. Y. 
Having just finished a course of lessons on Psychology and 
Hypnotism with Prof. Wm. A. Barnes, I am glad to give my 
testimony in their favor, as being interesting, instructive, and 
practical. I consider a knowledge of these Sciences of great 
value to any one, either lady or gentleman, professional or 
business man, and I can corHially recommend Professor Barnes 
as an excellent teacher. Physician. 

Canandaigua, N. Y. 
I take great pleasure in saying to the uninitiated that the 
Science which Professor Barnes teaches is highly essential to 
mankind, and to me it has been of untold value, both scien- 
tifically and in business. I am sure no one will regret taking 
the course. I consider that I got my monetary value out of it 
the first lesson. Yours truly, 

Supervisor of Railroad. 

Canandaigua, N. Y. 
The Science as taught by Professor Barnes is a great factor in 
one's success along various lines. Telegrapher. 


Rochester, N. Y. 
I consider it a great privilege to be permitted to say a word 
in favor of that wonderful Science called Psychology, or Personal 
Magnetism, in which I have been instructed by Professor 
Barnes, who possesses the faculty of presenting the subject in a 
clear, concise manner. Especially is this Science of the mind 
importsmt to the teacher, who is not only to teach, but guide 
and direct her pupils, preparing them in this grand seminary, 
which we call earth, for a life of usefulness, and her success will 
depend largely on a knowledge of that Science which underlies 
all others, namely, that of Psychology. Teacher. 

Rochester, N. Y. 
My dear Professor, — I take pleasure in stating that I have 
been very much assisted in advancing God*s work by under- 
standing the art of influencing the mind. It has made me a 
better instrument in the hands of the Lord. My prejudices 
have all fled. May God prosper you in your noble work. 
Yours in Christ, Minister. 

Prof. W. A. Barnes: Chicago, 111. 

My dear Sir, — I wish to say to you that I am much pleased 
with the course of instructions you have given me on Hjrpno- 
tism. I do believe that all professional and business men should 
know of and understand this Science. I have lately seen other 
operators, but I believe you to be the most proficient. Hoping 
to see you again soon, I am. 

Yours very truly. Secretary. 

Chicago, III. 
To whom it may concern : I have taken private instructions 
of Professor Barnes, and can candidly state that it is a great 
factor in connection with medicine. No intelligent student or 
physician should attempt to practise medicine without a thorough 
knowledge of the relation of the mind to the body, and without 
being able to practically demonstrate the same upon his patients 
Yours truly, Physiclan. 


La Crosse, Wis. 
To whom it may concern: This is to certify that I have 
taken instructions in Hypnotism and Psychology of Professor 
Barnes. I have found it to be a very interesting and valuable 
Science, and can cheerfully recommend it. Manufacturer. 

La Crosse, Wis. 
To whom it may concern : The bearer, Wm. A. Barnes is 
thoroughly versed in the science of Hypnotism. I cheerfully 
recommend him to all persons having an interest in the Science. 


La Crosse, Wis. 
To whom it may concern : This is to certify that I have taken a 
course of instructions in the Science of Hypnotism of Professor 
Barnes, and find it to be very beneficial to me. I unqualifiedly 
recommend the professor as an instructor of Hypnotism. You 
will find him worthy of your confidence. 

Sincerely yours, 


La Crosse, Wis. 
Dear Professor ^ — I feel fully paid by the knowledge imparted. 


Syracuse, N. Y. 
Having taken a course of instructions of Professor Barnes in 
Psychology and Hypnotism, I can testify that it is a wonderful 
and interesting Science, and instead of it being a *' gift,'' as I 
first supposed, it is perfectly a natural power which can be 
exercised by all of intelligence. It is the most practical and 
valuable art that a man can employ. Money would be no in- 
ducement for me to part with the knowledge. 


Dallas, Tex. 
To whom it may concern : I have received instructions, which 
proved eminently satisfactory, from Professor Barnes in Psychol- 


ogy and Hypnotism. This Science intelligently employed may 
be of inestimable value to physicians, and I am of the opinion, 
based upon close observation, that in it we have a therapeutic 
measure which surpasses all others in the treatment of mental 

Ex-First Assistant Physician North Texas 
Hospital for the Insane. 

New York. 
Dtar Professor t — When will you return to New York? Am 
more than satisfied with those lessons. Be sure and send the 

book. My friend J wants irs^ructions on your return. 

Yours respectfully, 

Business Man. 

New Orleans, La. 
Dear Professor^ — Your lessons have proven very valuable 
to all of the doctors. They have been having exceedingly good 
success in various ways. All send gc^d word. 

Yours truly, Physician. 

Denver, Col. 
To the thinking public : I have studied Psychology, Personal 
Magnetism and Hypnotism under the instructions of Prof. Wm. 
Barnes, and I now feel competent to perform any demonstration, 
and I feel justified in saying it is one of the grandest truths 
known to humanity, and a Science every intelligent person 
should understand. I am very truly. 


Lynn, Mass. 
To whom it may concern : After taking one lesson under 
Mr. Barnes, I controlled several friends and acquaintances of 
mine who had never been influenced before. 
It is wonderful, and I can recommend others to Mr. Barnes. 

Business Man. 


Easi' Boston, Mass. 
To all whom it may concern : I have taken instruction from 
Mr. Barnes, and find it very instructive and practical. I have 
hypnotized quite a number, one of whom, a friend of mine, 
declared that I could not do a thing with him, and fought 
against it. Yet I influenced him against his will. 


Boston, Mass. 
I have studied for years the beautiful theory of the kinder- 
garten system, — dealing with the souls of little children. It 
has for its foundation Psychology, pure and simple, and in order 
to do the cause justice, one must have a practical working 
knowledge of the subject. In no truer sense can we literally 
carry out Froebel's loving message, " Come^ let us live with the 
children." I have derived untold benefit from my course of 
instruction. A Kindergartner. 

Boston, Mass. 
I have taken the course of instruction with Mr. Barnes, and 
have been able to control a number of acquaintances outside of 
his rooms, while acting as the operator alone: 

Business Man. 

Keene, N. H. 
To whom it may concern : After taking two lessons from 
Professor Barnes, I was able to influence my wife and several 
others to do anything coming under the lessons I have taken. 

Business Man. 

Boston, Mass. 
I wish to add my testimony to the value of the instructions 
received in Hypnotism from Prof. W. A. Barnes. He is a most 
efficient teacher and a thorough master of his art. In my judg- 
ment, he takes first place in the ranks of instructors in Hypno- 
tism. It gives me pleasure to be able to give this unsolicited 
testimonial in his behalf, and to recommend him to all who 
wish scientific instruction and positive demonstration of the 
great truths of Hypnotism. Editor. 


Colorado Springs, Col. 
To whom it may concern : I have taken lessons from Wm. 
A. Barnes. I psychologized and hypnotized a number of sub- 
jects during the course of instruction, and, in addition, have 
employed it successfully upon seven patients out of ten. All of 
these seven were operated on by me, extracting teeth, filling, 
etc., while in the hypnotic state, and with better results than my 
short experience would lead me to hof>e for. I take pleasure in 
recommending Mr. Barnes to all who are interested in Hypno- 
tism. Dentist. 

Denver, Col. 
To whom it may concern: I hereby certify that I have taken 
instruction in Hypnotism from Professor Barnes, and am thor- 
oughly satisfied in every way. I can cheerfully recommend him 
to any one wishing instruction in this science. 

Medical Student. 

Denver, Col. 
To whom it may concern : In regard to the Science of Hyp- J 
notism as taught by Professor Barnes, I think it one of the most ) 
beneficial as well as the most practical methods I have ever \ 
seen. To a person giving his attention, the Professor can do all 
he claims in the six lessons. Lawyer. f 

St. Louis, Mo. 
To whom it may concern: I have taken Professor Barnes' 
course in Hypnotism and consider it of great value to me, not 
only as a medical student, but in a business way. 

Medical Student. 

Madison, III. 
To whom it may concern: Having finished my course of 
instruction in Hypnotism, I take this opportunity of stating that 
I am well pleased with what I have learned in regard to the 
Science. Railroad Man. 


Denver, Col. 
To whom it may concern: I have taken a course of instruc- 
tion from Professor Barnes, and am satisfied that it is all that 
he claims. Medical Student. 

St. Louis, Mo. 
I have just completed a course of instruction under Professor 
Barnes, and take pleasure in stating that I consider this the 
most valuable acquisition to my store of medical knowledge yet 
obtained. I had been interested in this Science for years, and 
gladly embraced this opportunity of learning to operate. I 
consider this Science the most wonderful and startling upon the 
face of the earth, and feel that it will be only a short time until 
every physician will have to be a master of it, or resign the 
practice of medicine. Physician. 

Boston, Mass. 
This is to certify that I have taken the course of instruction 
offered by Mr. W. A. Barnes, and that I am fully satisfied with 
the same. It is both practical and useful from a business and 
professional standpoint. I have not only been able to do all 
that he promises, but more in the line of my professional work. 
So far I have met no failures, and am, as yet, not sure to what 
an extent it may be applied. Physician. 

Boston, Mass. 
I have taken instruction from Mr. Barnes, and am much 
pleased. Have been able to influence my two boys to any 
extreme. Mechanic. 

Boston, Mass. 
To whom it may concern: I have been instructed by Mr. 
Barnes, and have found the Science useful as a therapeutic 
agent, and a great help to me as an educational factor. 

A Mother and Teacher. 


Nashua, N. H. 

My dear Professor, — It gives me much pleasure to infonn 
you that I am more than pleased with the course I have just 
finished with you in Psychology and Hypnotism. If it were 
possible for me to part with the knowledge that I have gained 
and not come into possession of it again, I think no amount of 
money would tempt me to do so. I find myself able to handle 
subjects who have never been worked on before, and cause 
them to do everything set forth in your pamphlet, " Synopsis of 
Psychology and Hjrpnotism." 

It will be a pleasure to me to recommend you to any one 
looking for a thoroughly competent instructor. 

Bicycle Manufacturer. 

Boston, Mass. 
I have just finished a course of instruction in Psychology, 
Hypnotism, and Personal Magnetism under Professor Barnes, 
and can highly recommend him as an instructor. I have taken 
instruction before from a well-known hypnotist which proved 
very unsatisfactory. There is a decided difference in the instruc- 
tion from one who makes it a business to amuse the public, and 
one who gives practical scientific instruction. 

Business Man. 

Nova Scotia. 
To whom it may concern : I have taken a course of lessons 
under Mr. Barnes, and have found it very interesting and val- 
uable. Am able to exercise the influence myself along almost 
any line. Professional Man. 

Denver, Col. 
I beg to state that I have taken a course of instruction from 
Professor Barnes in Hjrpnotism and Psychology, and am well 
pleased with the result. Professor Barnes is thoroughly con- 
scientious in his work, and does all he claims. 

Life Insurance Agent. 


Boston, Mass. 
To whom it may concern : I have taken instructioii from 
Mr. Barnes, and find it can be used to good advantage to both 
patient and operator. Dentist. 

Denver, Col. . 
To Tohom it may concern: I have taken a course of- instruc- 
tion from Mr. Barnes and have found bim to be an efficient 
teacher. It is one of the most desirable accomplishments. I 
would not take five hundred dollars iat the knowledge. 

Business Man. 

Denver, Col, 
To whom it may concern: This is to testify that I have 
received instruction from Professor Barnes in Psychology and 
Hypnotism. In my opinion, he thoroughly understands his pro- 
fession. This is a Science which all good, intelligent people will 
do well to investigate, both for their own good, and others with 
whom they may come in contact 


St. Louis, Mo. 
To whom it may concern: I take pleasure in saying that I am 
personally acquainted with Prof. Wm. A. Barnes, and that I have 
found him to be a perfect gentleman in every respect. Pro- 
fessor Barnes is the best qualified and most practical hypnotist I 
ever met. I have enjoyed his instructions and demonstrations 
beyond description. No matter if you have read all the 
scientific works on psychology, I know I do not overstate or go 
beyond facts when I say that Professor Barnes can give you more 
real practical knowledge of Hypnotism in a few short lessons 
than can be gained from books in many months. He knows 
exactly how to impart hypnotic information, and can demon- 
strate the Science in a manner that can be grasped by any one 
of ordinary intelligence. I can heartily recommend Professor 


Barnes to physicians or Ia>men who desire to obtain the correct 
principles of Hypnotism, and a thorough working knowledge of 
the whole subject. 
Professor of the Principlks and Practice of Medicine. 

Mr. Barnes demonstrated that pain and disease can be 
" located " by a good hypnotic subject. 

He put himself en rapport with the subject, and while others 
pricked the professor with a sharp instrument at various places, 
the subject showed signs of distress immediately, and put his 
finger on the same place of his own body corresponding to the 
place being pricked with the knife. The professor gave some 
good tests of mind-reading, too. It was the most scientific 
and conclusive demonstration that disease can be diagnosed 
by a sensitive subject endowed with a peculiar faculty of clairvoy- 
ance. — Rochester (A^. K) Democrat and Chronicle. 

Professor Barnes gave demonstrations of Psychological and 
Hypnotic feats surpassing anything of the kind ever given in 
this city. It was phenomenal ! — Chicago (JIL) Times-Herald. 

The demonstrations were the finest ever seen in this city. - 
Minneapolis (^Minn.) Tribune. 

Professor Barnes gave some very interesting tests in hypnot- 
ism at the Y. M. C. A. Hall last night before a large audience. 

— Buffalo (//. F.) JVews. 

The demonstrations were a success from every standpoint. — 
Denver (^Col.) Post. 

Professor Barnes seems to be endowed with other powers 
than simply hjrpnotic. His demonstrations border on the 
miraculous. — Rochester (-M K) Herald, 


There were many in the audience who went to the place 
avowed sceptics and who came away with their scepticism 
shaken from its pedestal. It was in the hall where the uniyer- 
sity pedagogues lecture on philosophy and metaphysics, and it 
was something which would have made those wiseacres put on 
their thinking caps had they been present. — Syracuse {N, K.) 




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